Pine Hill NJ Marijuana Distribution Attorneys
If you were arrested for allegedly selling, distributing or possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute in Camden County, call our Cherry Hill NJ criminal defense firm for assistance. Our firm has over a century of combined experience between our 8 criminal attorneys, including years serving as prosecutors. An attorney with the knowledge and skill you need to successfully defend a charge filed in Camden, Gloucester Township, Cherry Hill, Pennsauken, or another municipality is prepared to assist you immediately. Whether you are facing a fourth degree, second degree, third degree or even first-degree offense for selling or conspiracy to distribute, the lawyers at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall are equipped to competently represent you. Call our Cherry Hill Office at 856-662-8300 for an immediate free consultation.
Camden NJ Distribution of Marijuana Charge
Under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5, the manufacturing, distribution or dispensing, or possession with intent to distribute marijuana is taken very seriously. If you possess with intent to distribute 25 pounds or more of marijuana, or 50 or more plants, or 5 pounds or more of hashish, it is a first-degree crime. A person who sells or distributes at least 5 pounds but less than 25 pounds of marijuana, fewer than 50 marijuana plants, 1 to 5 pounds of hashish, is guilty of a second-degree crime under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10. Distribution of at least one ounce but less than 5 pounds of marijuana or between 5 grams and 1 pound of hashish is exposed to a third-degree crime under this law. Lastly, if the possession with intent to distribute involves less than one ounce of marijuana or less than five grams of hashish, the resulting violation is a fourth-degree crime.
Penalties For Selling or Possession With Intent to Distribute Marijuana
Obviously, a first-degree offense is the most serious marijuana distribution charge you can face. Manufacturing, growing or selling marijuana in the first degree carries the possibility of imprisonment for 10 to 20 years and exposure to a fine of up to $300,000. A second-degree offense for marijuana distribution exposes you to a prison term of 5 to 10 years and a fine of up to $150,000. A third-degree charge of possession with intent to distribute results in a state prison term of 3-5 years and a fine of up to $25,000. Lastly, the fourth-degree version of this offense leads to imprisonment for up to 18 months and a maximum fine of $10,000. In addition to these penalties, an individual convicted under 2c:35-5 is subject to a suspension of his/her driving privileges. The revocation is for a period of 6 months.
When marijuana is being distributed in a school zone or in a public park zone, NJ Law exposes an individual to separate charges that result in additional penalties above and beyond those which apply under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5. In addition, the police can file a charge for maintaining or operating a CDS production facility in accordance if the offense involves growing at least 10 plants or 5 pounds. This violation is a first-degree crime pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:35-4 that carries a potential fine of up to $750,000 and a prison term of 10-20 years with a period of parole ineligibility set at least one-third of the term.
Proving That Possession Was For Purposes of Distribution
Distribution cases are not always clear cut such as where the marijuana is sold to a confidential informant or undercover police officer. The classic example of what we are referring to is the motorist, tenant or property owner who is in actual possession or constructive possession of drugs and paraphernalia that purportedly indicates that the subject is distributing or selling marijuana. The circumstantial evidence typically encountered in this context is a grinder, bags or scale. In some instances, however, there is no indicia of an intent to distribute other than the quantity involved. The prosecutor will typically attempt to qualify a police officer as an expert to testify that the characteristics of the item(s) is consistent with someone engaging in distributing marijuana.
Winslow Possession With Intent to Distribute Marijuana Lawyer
All distribution offenses involving marijuana are felonies and that should be enough to signal to you that securing a qualified attorney is a must. When you combine this fact with the possibility of a state prison sentence if you are found guilty, this should solidify your efforts to try and find the best marijuana distribution defense lawyer you can find. Regardless of whether you were arrested in Audubon, Berlin, Haddonfield, Lindenwold or anywhere else in Camden County, our firm is an excellent option in this regard. We feature a team of criminal attorneys, many of whom are former prosecutors, that possess the skills you are looking for to win your distribution case. To learn what we can do for you, call our Cherry Hill Office at 856-662-8300.