Our Mount Holly Criminal Defense Firm Features A Team Of Former County Prosecutors & Seasoned Lawyers To Defend Your Burlington County Charge for Distributing, Manufacturing or Possession With Intent To Distribute CDS
Were you arrested for distribution of a controlled dangerous substance (“CDS”)? We assume your answer is yes given your research to find a drug distribution attorney. Your efforts are well founded since first degree, second degree, third degree or fourth degree drug distribution charges can carry penalties such as the possibility of years in prison. The facts are the same if you have been charged with possession with intent to distribute drugs or manufacturing of CDS. Enlisting representation from a highly skilled Burlington County criminal defense lawyer is probably your best recourse for combating your offense and the efforts of law enforcement to convict you.
We are the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, a Mount Holly defense firm comprised of ten (10) criminal attorneys that possess the following unique qualifications to ensure your success: (1) over 200 years of collective experience; (2) former county prosecutors who have served as Director of the Drugs Task Force, Major Crimes & the entire Trial Division; (3) certified as criminal trial attorneys by virtue of our significant jury trial experience; and (4) office one block from the Burlington County Courthouse in Mt. Holly to serve you.
Do not settle for a lawyer based on slick sales pitch, the name of their website or where they appear in search results. You will need representation from someone with bona fide qualifications and a proven track record to ensure you achieve the best outcome. You are up against a fight and need a powerful defense team with real credentials to protect you. Contact our Mount Holly Office at (609) 491-2110 for a free consultation with an attorney who unquestionably has what it takes to help you.
BURLINGTON COUNTY DRUG DISTRIBUTION CHARGES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The core violation that someone faces when they are charged with distribution of drugs like cocaine, marijuana, heroin, ecstasy, LSD or another form of CDS is N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5. This law prohibits conduct that involves manufacturing, distributing and possession with intent to distribute drugs. The activities prohibited by this statute do not include personal possession of CDS but rather efforts are to sell, make or deliver drugs. The elements that must be established beyond reasonable doubt by the prosecutor in order to secure a conviction under 2C:35-5 include: (1) the conduct involved marijuana, heroin, cocaine, Xanax, methamphetamine or another item that is classified as a cds; (2) the accused manufactured, dispensed or distributed the drug; and (3) the defendant acted knowingly or purposely. The severity of these activities hinge on the type and quantity of drugs as follows:
- First Degree Crime. It is a first degree crime where distribution involves 5 ounces or more of heroin, cocaine, MDMA (a.k.a. Molly or Ecstasy) or methamphetamine, 100 milligrams or more of LSD or 25 pounds or more of marijuana. You can also face a first degree offense for serving as a leader of a narcotics trafficking network, maintaining a CDS production facility or causing a drug induced death. The standard penalties for criminal offense fall within this grade include 10-20 years in prison and a maximum fine that is at least $250,000.
- Second Degree Crime. Distributing or selling drugs results in second degree crime where it involves at least one-half ounce of cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA or heroin, less than 100 milligrams of LSD, at least five pounds but less than 25 pounds of marijuana, or at least 100 dosage units of Xanax, Suboxone, Methadone, Oxycodone/Oxycontin or another prescription drug. If you conduct occurred within 500 feet of a public park or housing project, you can face an additional second degree charge for distribution in a public park under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7.1. The period of incarceration is 5-10 years for a second degree distribution offense. The potential fine is up to $150,000.
- Third Degree Crime. Most possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cds/drugs cases fall within the grade of a third degree crime. It is a third degree crime to distribute less than one-half once of ecstasy, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine or MDMA, at least an ounce but less than 5 pounds of marijuana, or at least 5 but less than 100 dosage units of a prescription legend drug. There is a separate and additional third degree crime that applies if drugs are distributed in a school zone. A third degree distribution charge carries up to 5 years in prison. If the Brimage Guidelines or a school zone charge are also involved, a period of parole ineligibility is triggered.
- Fourth Degree Crime. Distribution of less than an ounce of marijuana or 4 or fewer doses of a prescription drug is guilty of a fourth degree crime.
The attorneys here at the Marshall Law Firm have decades of experience defending with all types of distribution charges. The more common varieties of cds are confronted more often than others in Burlington County distribution cases at the Mt. Holly court. You can find more detailed discussion of these areas at:
- Mount Holly Marijuana Distribution Defense Attorney
- Mt. Holly New Jersey Cocaine Distribution Lawyers
- Burlington County Heroin Distribution Attorneys
- Burlington County Prescription Legend Drug Distribution Lawyer
Mount Holly CDS Distribution Defense Attorneys
The county seat of Burlington County is Mount Holly so that is where the Superior Court is located. All drug cases involving distribution or possession with intent to distribute are handled at this court, which is a short walk from our office in Mount Holly. If you were arrested for CDS distribution and are facing indictable charges, our attorneys are ready to discuss your offense. Initial consultations with an attorney at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall are always free so there is no reason to hesitate in contacting us for advice. A lawyer is available now at (609) 491-2110.