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Attorney For Drug Charges In New Jersey
​N.J.S.A. 2C:35

There are many different types of drug charges you can be arrested for in New Jersey. This is why you need an experienced drug lawyer to represent you. Sometimes, one arrest can lead to many charges, especially if you were in a car or in a school zone.  All CDS or controlled dangerous substance charges should be taken seriously because prosecutors send individuals in your situation to jail each week.  Drugs run havoc in NJ and there is a huge push to get drugs out of New Jersey.  That is why you need an experienced attorney to fight your drug charges in NJ.

Common Drug Charges

  1. (NJSA 2C:35-4) Maintaining or operating a CDS production facility
  2. (NJSA 2C:35-5) Manufacturing, distributing or dispensing
  3. (NJSA 2C:35-6) Employing a minor in drug distribution
  4. (NJSA 2C:35-7) Distributing, dispensing or possessing controlled dangerous substance on or within 1000 feet of school
  5. (NJSA 2C:35-7.1) Distributing, dispensing or possessing CDS in proximity to public housing, parks
  6. (NJSA 2C:35-8) Distributing to someone under 18 years old
  7. (NJSA 2C:35-9) Drug induced death
  8. (NJSA 2C:35-10) Possession, use or being under influence or failure to make lawful disposition

What Degree Is My Drug Charge?

That depends on which charge you were arrested for.  In the case of possession or distribution charges, it depends on the volume of CDS found.  Drug charges could be first degree, second degree, third degree or fourth degree.

​What Are The Penalties For A Drug Charge In New Jersey? 

First Degree: 10-20 years in prison, fine up to $200,000.  Some crimes may carry a longer jail sentence
Second Degree: 5-10 years in prison, fine up to $150,000
Third Degree: 3-5 years in prison, fine up to $15,000
Fourth Degree: up to 18 months in prison, fine up to $10,000

​What Is Drug Court?

Drug court is a program that provides intensive supervision and treatment for those arrested and charged with drug related crimes in New Jersey.  The goal is to reduce substance abuse, crime and repeat offenders.  Not everyone will be accepted into the program.  You need to want to rehabilitate yourself.  If you enter the program and fail, you could go to jail.  The program requires that you follow the treatment plan, be under supervised probation and follow the rules, appear in drug court on a regular basis, random drug tests, seek and maintain employment, and go to NJ or AA.