Dover NJ Cocaine Criminal Lawyer
Criminal trial attorneys represent clients charged with possession of marijuana, distribution of cocaine, and conspiracy to possess cocaine throughout New Jersey including in Dover, Denville, Lincoln Park, and Randolph. Our experienced criminal trial lawyers will examine the facts of your case, consider your prior criminal history (if any), and explore all possible defenses when drafting a comprehensive defense strategy. We will also consider any diversionary programs such as Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) or Drug Court as well as the plea offer from the State when deciding whether or not your case should go to trial. Please contact our office anytime for a free initial consultation at (973)971-0030.
Possession of Cocaine: N.J.S. 2C:35-10(a)(1)
Criminal charges for possession of cocaine in New Jersey are governed by N.J.S. 2C:35-10(a)(1) which provides in pertinent part:
§ 2C:35-10. Possession, use or being under the influence, or failure to make lawful disposition
a. It is unlawful for any person, knowingly or purposely, to obtain, or to possess, actually or constructively, a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog, unless the substance was obtained directly, or pursuant to a valid prescription or order form from a practitioner, while acting in the course of his professional practice, or except as otherwise authorized by P.L.1970, c.226. Any person who violates this section with respect to:
(1) A controlled dangerous substance, or its analog, classified in Schedule I, II, III or IV other than those specifically covered in this section, is guilty of a crime of the third degree except that, notwithstanding the provisions of subsection b. of N.J.S.A. 2C:43-3, a fine of up to $ 35,000.00 may be imposed;
Penalties for Cocaine Possession in NJ: Weight and Location are Important
Cocaine possession in New Jersey is generally a third degree offense. However, the grading of your cocaine possession charges depend on the weight of the cocaine in your possession, the location where the possession took place (i.e. near a public park, school, or housing facility), and whether or not you are also charged with possession with intent to distribute (which typically depends on the amount in your possession and if there was any drug paraphernalia present such as scales, baggies, etc.). If your possession charge is a simple possession charge (third degree), then you are eligible for the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program if you have no prior criminal record.
For additional information regarding your cocaine possession charges, contact our Morristown office for immediate assistance at (973)971-0030. The initial consultation is always provided free of charge.