Essex County NJ Heroin Possession Lawyers
All heroin charges are indictable in nature, which means that they are felony offenses. The court that hears cases like these is the Essex County Superior Court which is located in Newark NJ. The also happens to be where our Essex County Law Office is located. It probably would make senses that we would handle a considerable number of heroin cases every year in Newark. We defend a wide array of individuals ranging from major dealers and those heavily addicted, to suburban kids with no business being involved in these types of activities. A former prosecutor, perhaps even one formerly with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, from our firm can assist you in formulating a plan to allow you to avoid a record and/or the penalties you may be facing.
Penalties for Heroin Possession in NJ?
N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10 makes it a third degree crime to possess heroin for personal use. The statute also enhances the penalties that otherwise apply under N.J.S.A. 2C:43-3 when a Schedule I drug like heroin is involved. Instead of the standard third degree fine of $15,000, the court may impose up to $35,000 if someone is convicted of heroin possession. There is also a state prison of up to five (5) years that may be imposed, in addition to a mandatory driver’s license suspension ranging from six (6) month to two (2) years. There is also a mandatory drug enforcement and demand reduction penalty (“DEDR”) of $1,000 that must be imposed to third degree possession of heroin.
Heroin Possession Attorneys in Bloomfield NJ
As one of the largest criminal defense firms in the state with an office in Newark’s Gateway Center, you might imagine that we are well versed in heroin cases. And there certainly is little doubt that Essex County is a hotbed for heroin, ranking first in terms of new cases in 2013 by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Addiction Services. East Orange also made the top twenty (20). With statistics like these, we know what it takes to successfully challenge a bogus motor vehicle stop, over-reaching car search or any other issue that may arise. We are ready to thoroughly review the facts surrounding your arrest in Belleville, Cedar Grove, Montclair, Newark, Verona, or Nutley, and figure out your best options in defending the charge. If you would like to discuss the specifics of your case, free of charge, and learn how our defense lawyers can help you, call us at 973-710-1520.