A much more common offense in Somerset County than you might anticipate is obtaining or attempting to obtain a controlled dangerous substance (“CDS”) by fraud. N.J.S.A. 2C:35-13 makes this violation a third degree crime which results in a felony record and up to five (5) years in prison. You obviously should seek immediate representation for this offense if you arrested in Watchung, Bedminster, North Plainfield or Bound Brook and are facing this indictable charge at the Superior Court in Somerville. Our The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall has represented countless individuals charged with obtaining CDS by fraud and are ready to assist you as well. Our staff includes 8, with several former prosecutors, which make up a team with over 100 years of combined defense experience. To discuss your arrest and offense with one of the skilled attorneys in our office, call us at 908-722-1011 for a free consultation.
Somerville NJ Drug Fraud Charge
Defending a drug fraud case can be tricky as it often involves an overlay of other charges like theft by deception, possession of CDS, and forgery. It is therefore important that you seek representation by an attorney who has handled this type of case and preferably at the Somerville courthouse. A conviction under this particular law results whenever someone acquires or obtains possession of CDS/Drugs through “fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge.” A violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-13 is also triggered if you “acquire or obtain possession of a forged or fraudulent certificate of destruction required pursuant to N.J.S.2C:35-21.” To convict someone of this offense, the prosecutor must prove that the defendant: (1) obtained or acquired possession of CDS; (2) by utilizing fraud, forgery or deception; and (3) their conduct was intentional. A lawyer who is savvy in defending drug fraud cases like those at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall can provide significant dividends when it comes to throwing a wrench in a prosecutor’s efforts to prove each of these elements in a Somerville 2C:35-21 case.
North Plainfield CDS Fraud Lawyer
If you are convicted of attempting or committing in North Plainfield or anywhere else in Somerset County, you face significant penalties. Police, prosecutors and lawmakers consider this charge so serious that the consequences are enhanced from what typically applies for a third degree crime. You can be sentenced to 3-5 years in jail and fined up to $50,000 (i.e. as opposed to the standard maximum 3rd degree fine of $15,000). The law also provides for a mandatory driver’s license suspension of between six (6) and twenty-four (24) months. The fact that N.J.S.A. 2C:35-13 sets forth such severe penalties should be ample signal to you that a knowledgeable drug fraud lawyer is crucial to preserving your future.
Bridgewater Defense Firm for Obtaining CDS By Fraud Offense
Our firm serves all of the Somerset/Hunterdon region from our office in Bridgewater NJ. If you were charged with obtaining CDS by fraud in Warren, Bernards, Franklin, Hillsborough or Montgomery, call us at 908-772-1011 for immediate assistance. An attorney at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall will gladly give you the benefit of their time and insight. A comprehensive plan for defending your charge will be formulated so that the very best outcome can be reached in your case. To learn what we can offer and have your questions answered, contact our office today.