Drug Possession

Lindenwold Drug Possession Lawyers

Under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10, it is unlawful for any person to actually or constructively possess a controlled dangerous substance unless it is in accordance with a valid prescription. When someone violates this law by possessing marijuana they are subject to a disorderly persons offense in Lindenwold, Haddon Township, Bellmawr or another local court in Camden County. All cases involving more serious drugs are indictable crimes that are heard at the Camden County Superior Court. Irrespective of where within this grading your drug possession offense falls, our firm has the qualifications to help you. We employ a team of criminal attorneys, several of whom are former prosecutors, that have handled just about any variety of CDS possession charge you can imagine. To schedule an appointment in our Cherry Hill Office or discuss your case over the telephone in a free consultation, call us at 856-662-8300.

Collingswood NJ Possession Of CDS Charge

If the prosecutor handling your Collingswood or other Camden County possession charge is able to prove a violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10, the severity of the penalties you will face at sentencing will depend on the type and quantity of the drug. When a person violates this law by possessing a controlled dangerous substance falling under Schedules I, II, III, or IV, they are subject to a third-degree crime under 2C:35-10. While the typically fine for most other third-degree crimes is $15,000, this offense carries a $35,000 fine. In addition, third-degree drug possession subject an individual to a prison term as high as five years. A person is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree if they possess any form of CDS contained on Schedule V of the Controlled Dangerous Substances Act. This schedule includes drugs like codeine.  A fourth degree CDS possession offense carries a $25,000 fine and imprisonment for up to 18 months. There is also a suspension of your driver’s license for a period of six months for anyone found guilty of possessing drugs.

Arrested for Possessing Drugs in Gloucester City NJ

The New Jersey Possession Law is broad enough to deal with everything from cocaine to heroin to prescription pills of all kinds. The only type of drug within these Schedules that is dealt with separately is marijuana, which is charged based on the quantity that the person possesses. A person found with 50 grams or more of marijuana or more than 5 grams of hashish is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree, which like was said above can lead to up to 18 months of incarceration. The only difference with marijuana in relation to the fourth-degree charge is that the fine can be up to $25,000 an increase from the regular fourth-degree possession charge by $10,000. If a person is found to have less than 50 grams and less than 5 grams of hashish then this is only graded as a disorderly persons offense, though disorderly persons offenses still carry with them the possibility of fines of up to $1000.

Camden CDS Possession Attorney

As you have probably noted, any possession offense has the potential to severely impact your future. Even the most basic of marijuana cases, even a few grams, can leave you with a criminal record and thousands of dollars in financial consequences, including the suspension of your driver’s license. The consequences escalate to scenarios where you can easily find yourself in state prison when the drug is something like MDMA, heroin or cocaine. If you were arrested for possession of CDS in Camden, Pine Hill, Mount Ephraim, Voorhees, or Pennsauken, call our Cherry Hill NJ Criminal Attorneys at 856-662-8300. We are more than happy to assist you and the consultation is free of charge.