Leader of a Drug Trafficking Network

Our Jersey City Criminal Firm Has A Team Of Former Prosecutors & Skilled Attorneys To Defend Your Drug Kingpin Charge in Hudson County

One of  the most serious criminal charges our attorneys handle at the Hudson County Superior Court in Jersey City is a drug kingpin offense. The formal term used to describe this violation is leader of a narcotics trafficking network. What is pivotal for you to keep in mind if you or a loved one was arrested for this offense in Secaucus, Union City, West New York, Hoboken, Jersey City or another local town, is that a conviction results in life imprisonment. Hiring the very best defense attorney you can find is therefore extremely crucial to your maintaining your liberty if you have been charged with trafficking cocaine, heroin, marijuana, MDMA (a.k.a. ecstasy), methamphetamine or other drugs in this capacity.

The ten (10) criminal attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall specialize in the defense of the accused. Their collective experience spans over 150 years with most of the lawyers having served as prosecutors in positions like Director of Major Crimes and Supervisor of the Drug Task Force. The point is that our team possesses a level of experience that is truly rare in not only Hudson County but the entire state.  To speak to attorney and learn what we can do to help, contact our Jersey City Office or Hoboken Office anytime 24/7 at 201-309-0500 for a free consultation.

The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall at 574 Newark Avenue, Suite 204A, Jersey City, New Jersey and at 50 Harrison Street, Suite 401, Hoboken, New Jersey, is ready to defend your Hudson County drug kingpin charge. We represent clients arrested for being leader of a narcotic trafficking network anywhere in the county including in Jersey City, North Bergen, Union City, West New York, Bayonne, Guttenberg, Kearny, Harrison, Hoboken, Weehawken, Secaucus and East Newark. 

What You Need To Know: Hudson County Drug Kingpins Charges

The law that sets forth the offense known as leader of a narcotics trafficking network is N.J.S.A. 2C:35-3. This statute targets not only the leader or mastermind of drug manufacturing or distribution network but also those who finance, manage, organize or supervise this type of operation. When someone occupies one of these four roles and conspires with at least two other individuals “in a scheme or course of conduct to unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, bring into or transport in this State methamphetamine, lysergic acid diethylamide (“LSD”), phencyclidine, gamma hydroxybutyrate (“GHB”), flunitrazepam or any other controlled dangerous substance classified in Schedule I or II”. In applying this law, it is important that you understanding the following key terms:

  • “Financier” is a person who, with the intention of making a profit, provides money, credit, or some other form of capital in order to purchase CDS or otherwise bankroll a drug trafficking network.
  • “Supervisor” is a person who oversees the operations of the drug trafficking.
  • “Manager” is someone who directs the operations of a drug trafficking network.
  • “Organizer” refers to the person who arranges, devises or plans the drug trafficking network.

While it may appear that proving a 2C:35-3 would be relatively straight-forward, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office has seven (7) distinct elements that it must establish before it can secure a conviction for being a leader of a narcotics network. In order to prove a kingpin offense, the state must demonstrate, beyond reasonable doubt, that: (1) that there was a scheme or course of conduct to manufacture, distribute, dispense, bring into, or transport a substance into New Jersey; (2) that was methamphetamine, lysergic acid diethylamide, phencyclidine gamma hydroxybutyrate, flunitrazepam, or one of the controlled dangerous substances classified in Schedule I or II; (3) your conduct was knowing; (4) for the purpose of promoting or facilitating the scheme or course of conduct; (5) was done for profit; (6) there was an agreement between you and at least one other person to commit, attempt, or solicit the commission of the scheme; and (7) you meet the definition of organizer, supervisor, financier, or manager under 2C:35-3.

What are the Penalties for a Being a Leader of a Drug Trafficking Network?

Leader of a Narcotics Trafficking Network is a crime of the first degree, the most serious grade of crime in New Jersey. If convicted, you face a term of life imprisonment, with a mandatory twenty-five (25) years that must be served before you can be considered for parole. The fine associated with this charge is either $750,000 OR 5 times the street value of the drugs involved, whichever is greater. The mandatory minimum associated with a conviction can be waived by the prosecutor if a plea can be reached, making it critical that a person facing this grave charge consult experienced defense attorneys as soon as possible. Since this is a crime of the first degree, there is NO eligibility for admission into a drug rehabilitation facility in place of a term of imprisonment.

You cannot compromise if you are exposed to an indictment for leading a drug trafficking ring in Hudson County, including Hoboken, Bayonne, Jersey City, Union City, Secaucus, West New York, North Bergen, Guttenberg, Kearny, Weehawken, Harrison or East Newark. You are facing life in prison and must be represented by a skilled criminal defense attorney. Call us now at 201-309-0500 to discuss your drug kingpin charge.

Hudson County NJ Drug Trafficking Lawyers

We realize just how overwhelming you may be feeling after learning just how serious a kingpin/leader offense is under New Jersey law. The best advise the lawyers at our firm can give you is to hire the most accomplished litigator you can find. An attorney with experience spanning decades, who has tried many cases and has a track record of results in high exposure CDS cases is precisely what you should be looking to retain. The attorneys at the Law Office of Jonathan F. Marshall possess the qualification to serve you well in this capacity. To speak to a lawyer on our staff about the specifics of what we can do to help you, contact our Jersey City Office at (201) 309-0500.


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