Drug Offenses

Drug Defense Lawyers in Hudson County New Jersey

You definitely need the best Hudson County criminal lawyer you can find if you were arrested for possession, distribution or possession with intent distribute drugs in Jersey City, Hoboken, Secaucus, North Bergen or another local municipality. The penalties resulting from a controlled dangerous substance (“CDS”) conviction include, but are not limited to, a lengthy prison sentence, high fines, community service, up to a two year loss of your driving privileges and criminal record that will follow you for years to come. Many individuals alleged to have distributed or sold heroin, cocaine, marijuana, Xanax or another drug are also forced to deal with forfeiture of assets. Under New Jersey law, the State is allowed to seize any property that was derived with proceeds from distributing/selling drugs or was used to facilitate CDS activities. Some of the more common items seized include vehicles, boats, cash and even homes. When the stakes are as high as these, you cannot settle for anything less than a highly skilled attorney to defend your Hudson County drug charges.

Drug Possession Defense Attorneys in Jersey City NJ

At the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall we have ten criminal defense attorneys on staff who are ready to help defend your drug charges in Jersey City or anywhere else in Hudson County. Our lawyers have the experience required to successfully protect any defendant who has been charged with drug possession, possession of drugs with the intent to distribute and distributing drugs, whether it be in a school zone or public park. We not only have over 150 years of collective experience, countless trials under our belts but also the benefit of insight gained serving as county prosecutors at high level positions like Director of Major Crimes and Supervisor of the Drug Task Force. It also helps that we have defended individuals charged with drug crimes in towns like Kearny, Secaucus, Union City, Hoboken, Jersey City, West New York and North Bergen for over decades. You care encouraged to contact our Jersey City Office or Hoboken Office to take advantage of a free initial consultation. Talk is cheap. What you need is bona fide credentials and experience (e.g. the majority of those at our firm have been practicing for more than 15 years and served previously as a prosecutor), and that is what our drug offense defense attorneys can offer. Call us now at 201-309-0500.

Potential Drug Offenses in Hudson County New Jersey

N.J.S.A. 2C:35 is the title in the New Jersey Criminal Code that sets forth drug charges, whether it be simple drug possession, possession of prescription drugs without first obtaining a valid prescription, drug distribution or possession of drug paraphernalia.  While the highest volume of Hudson County CDS charges involve a disorderly persons offense for possession of marijuana or a charge for a small amount of a more serious drug (e.g. cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, etc.) that has been remanded/downgraded to municipal court, there are also many felony indictable crimes of the first, second, third and fourth degree that are handled at the county courthouse in Jersey City. The  array of potential CDS/Drug offenses that someone can face in Hudson County include:

  1. Drug Possession
  2. Drug Distribution
  3. Marijuana Possession
  4. Marijuana Distribution
  5. Cocaine Possession
  6. Cocaine Distribution
  7. Heroin Possession
  8. Heroin Distribution
  9. Prescription Drugs
  10. Distributing Drugs with in 1000 Feet of School Zone
  11. Distribution of Drugs with 500 Feet of a Park or Housing Complex
  12. Leader of a Drug Trafficking Network
  13. Drug Paraphernalia
  14. Drug Court
  15. Pretrial Intervention
  16. Conditional Discharge
  17. Snythetic Marijuana

Failure to secure an acquittal to any of these drug offenses results in incarceration of 10-20 years for a first degree crime, 5-10 years for a second degree crime, 3-5 years for a third degree crime, up to 18 months for a fourth degree crime and up to 6 months for a disorderly persons offense. In addition to life changing penalties such as these, you will face the potentially devastating impact of a criminal record for possession of drugs or, worse yet, distribution of CDS. A conviction will affect your admission into college, job opportunities, ability to obtain a professional license and even maintain your immigration status (e.g. Visa or Green Card). If you have been charged with a drug offense in Hudson County NJ it is therefore imperative that you speak to an experienced attorney about your case immediately.

A savvy attorney will know how to effectively attack your CDS offense so that there is no or little impact on your life. This may involve a challenge to the search that led to your arrest, the warrantless entry into your residence or car, or another argument concerning the violation of your rights. There are also several several diversionary programs that our attorneys can explore so that you avoid prosecution for possession or distribution of cocaine, marijuana, heroin or other drugs in Hudson County. The potential diversionary programs available to provide relief include Pretrial Intervention, Conditional Discharge and Drug Court. If it is determined that you are eligible for any of these programs, it will allow you the opportunity to bypass the traditional prosecution of your case and in some instances not only avoid incarceration but also a criminal record as well drug crime penalties.

The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, with offices at 574 Newark Avenue, Suite 204A, Jersey City and at 500 Harrison Street, Suite 401, Hoboken, New Jersey, defend clients charged with possession, manufacturing, distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, heroin, marijuana, MDMA, ecstasy, Molly, GHB, methamphetamine, Xanax and other drugs anywhere in Hudson County, including Union City, North Bergen, Bayonne, Jersey City, Weehawken, Hoboken, Kearny, Secaucus, Harrison, East Newark, Guttenberg and West New York.

Jersey City NJ Drug Offense Attorneys

If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug offense in Hudson County you are facing serious penalties and collateral consequences as outlined previously in this article. An attorney who is highly familiar with the court system and experienced in defending drug charges can accomplish the most for you in terms of escaping the pitfalls of a CDS offense. The lawyers at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall stand ready to fight on your behalf so that the optimum result is reached in your case. Contact our Jersey City Office at 201-309-0500 to discuss your charge with an accomplished lawyer on our team anytime 24/7. We are more than happy to discuss what we can do to help you at Central Judicial Processing, Grand Jury, Arraignment or any other proceedings.