Our Team Of Former Prosecutors Is Will Put Their 200 Plus Years of Combined Experience Into Action So That You Avoid A Conviction For Distributing CDS in Guttenberg New jersey
The stereotypical drug dealer is often a far cry from the typical individual charged with distribution or possession with intent to distribute in Guttenberg or another local municipality. Those arrested can just as easily be a co-worker, a next-door neighbor, or just someone who made the mistake of providing some Xanax to a friend because they were going through a hard time. The point is that rarely are those facing a drug distribution charge peddling cocaine, heroin, marijuana, lsd, ecstasy or another form of controlled dangerous substance (“CDS”) on a street corner. So irrespective of the context in which your Hudson County CDS distribution offense arose, our attorneys understand that what you are going through. More important, we have exactly what is needed to ensure you avoid the negative consequences of a conviction for selling drugs.
We are the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall a team of accomplished criminal defense lawyers with a long history of success defending charges for distributing methamphetamine, Oxycontin and other drugs. We can offer you qualifications that are unquestionably unique:
- More than 200 years of collective experience representing clients at the Hudson County Superior Court who have been charged with distribution of CDS
- 10 lawyers that limit their practices exclusively to criminal defense
- Former county prosecutors that include a Director of Major Crimes, Special Operations, Drug Task Force and an entire Trial Division
- Certified criminal trial attorneys
Our attorneys aggressively use legal defenses to attack the state’s case and version of events so you avoid the penalties and criminal record that come from being convicted. Call us now at 201-309-0500 to speak to a talented attorney on our staff anytime 24/7 in a free initial consultation.
CDS Distribution in Guttenberg
The core violation for someone charged with selling, manufacturing, distributing or possession with intent to distribute CDS is N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5. When someone is arrested for actively selling or distributing marijuana, cocaine or another drug, they face a distribution offense. When the quantity is significant or there are other facts that imply that the CDS is going to be distributed (e.g. presence of scales, packaging, cutting compounds or large sums of cash) then the pedigree of 2C:35-5 charge is possession with intent to distribute. You should also know that additional charges can be triggered when the conduct occurs in a school zone in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7 or public park zone in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7.1.
Investigating and analyzing the facts of a drug distribution case are essential to an effective defense strategy. There could be evidence contradicting the prosecution version of what occurred that might lead to dismissal of the charge, a reduction of the severity of the offense or another disposition that is favorable to you. Evidence seized by the police for use by the prosecution in proving the charge against you can be challenged if the search and seizure violated you constitutional protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. Motions to suppress evidence can be effective in persuading a court to prevent physical evidence, such as the drugs, or incriminating statements you made to the police from being used by the prosecution to prove the drug distribution charge.
Penalties For Distributing Drugs
A conviction for a drug distribution offense has serious penalties associated with it. As an example, distribution or possession with intent to distribution at least 5 ounces of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA (i.e. Molly or Ecstasy), at least 100 milligrams of LSD or at least 25 pounds of marijuana is a crime of the first degree punishable a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine as high as $500,000. A second degree crime for distributing or selling CDS such as 100 dosage units or more of a prescription legend drug like Suboxone, Percocet, Xanax, Hydrocodone or Vicodin carries 5-10 years in prison and over $100,000 in fines. Even a third degree crime or fourth degree crime for distribution of drugs results in up to 5 years and 18 months in prison, respectively. And these are only the standard penalties that apply under 2C:35-5; an individual often faces additional charges for distributing/selling in a school or public park zone which makes the risk exposure even greater. A lawyer at our firm is adept in escaping conviction and, if all else fails, will explore options for avoiding prosecution through diversion programs like Pretrial Intervention (“PTI”) and Drug Court.
Guttenberg NJ CDS Distribution Defense Attorney
The criminal attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall understand how your life can be changed forever by a conviction for a Guttenberg drug distribution offense. A lawyer on our staff is prepared to take an aggressive and innovative approach to the defense of your charge so that you can obtain a dismissal or reduction of your offense. To learn more about what we can do for you, call our Jersey City Office now at 201-309-0500 to speak to one of our talented defense lawyers.