Contact Our Hoboken Office To Speak To Our Skilled Attorneys & Former County Prosecutors About Your Charge for Possession or Distribution of Cocaine
Recreational use of cocaine is on the rise nationwide so it makes sense that more individuals are being charged with possession and even distribution in the City of Hoboken. We make this statement based on first hand knowledge as attorneys that make up one of the largest criminal firms in the state and who handle countless cocaine possession charges in Hudson County every year.
If you were arrested in Hoboken for possessing cocaine or because you allegedly possessed cocaine with intent to distribute, you need to hire the best attorney you can afford. You need to obtain proper representation so you have every chance of averting a felony criminal record, thousands of dollars in fines, a license suspension and a prison sentence.
We are the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, a ten (10) lawyer criminal defense firm that has been defending cocaine charges for over 150 years at the Hudson County Superior Court. Most of our lawyers are former prosecutors with at least fifteen (15) years in practice. To discuss your cocaine offense with a highly knowledge member of our team anytime 24/7, contact our Hoboken Office at (201) 932-2288.
Hoboken Cocaine Possession Charge
The more common variety of cocaine charge in Hoboken is possession in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10. What we are referring to here is someone who knowingly possesses cocaine, either actually or constructively, for personal use. Possession of cocaine in Hoboken is a third degree crime, a felony, that can only be handled at the county courthouse in Jersey City. A conviction for a Hoboken cocaine possession offense results in much more serious penalties than you might anticipate. You face a fine of up to $35,000, up to five (5) years in prison and a driver’s license suspension of six (6) months to two (2) years. If you are a first time offender, Pretrial Intervention (“PTI”) will allow you to avoid a conviction provided your attorney can gain admission into the program and you successfully complete the period of probation.
Hoboken Cocaine Distribution Charge
Distribution of cocaine in Hoboken can be very serious since it can result in a third degree, second degree or first degree crime under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5 depending on the quantity sold or being possessed with intent to distribute. There are three elements that the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office must establish in order to convict you of distribution: (1) the substance in question was cocaine; (2) you manufactured, dispensed, distributed it or possessed the drug with intent to distribute; and (3) your conduct ws knowing or purposeful. You face a third degree crime, up to 5 years in prison and a $75,000 fine if you distributed less than one-half ounce of cocaine. It is a second degree crime that carries 5-10 years in prison and a $150,000 fine to distribute at least one-half ounce but less than five ounces of cocaine. Distributing or possession with intent to distribute five ounces or more of cocaine is a first degree crime that triggers 10-20 years in prison and a fine that can reach $500,000.
Cocaine Lawyers in Hoboken New Jersey
The resurrection of cocaine, a Schedule II stimulant, is clearly evident in Hoboken. The drug crosses all segments of the city and certainly isn’t isolated to the young professional crowd. Irrespective of how you came to be arrested for possession of cocaine or as the result of a complaint alleging cocaine distribution, selecting a skilled attorney to defend you should be your first priority. There are few things that you can do to accomplish more in mitigation of your charges than hire a lawyer who knows the court system and has a long history of success defending cocaine cases. The lawyers at our Hoboken firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, possess the pedigree you need to ensure that the very best outcome is reached in defending your cocaine charge. Call (201) 932-2288 to speak to one of our attorneys any time of day or night.