Hamilton NJ Cocaine Distribution Attorneys
With Offices in Pennington and Trenton
A conviction for cocaine distribution can wreak havoc on your life. Not only will you be looking at serious prison time; you will also have to explain the appearance of a drug crime conviction on your permanent record. If you have been accused of cocaine distribution in New Jersey, do not put your future in jeopardy; contact an experienced attorney immediately.
Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson is a highly respected law firm with a track record of success in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We have more than 40 years of experience defending clients against cocaine distribution charges throughout Mercer County, including Trenton, Ewing, and East Windsor. Our attorneys appear in local courts on a daily basis, which provides us with unique insight into prosecutorial strategies in drug cases. Call KCR now to discuss your case with a member of our litigation team and begin your defense.
Cocaine Distribution Charges in Mercer County NJ
Cocaine distribution charges are governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5. The law prohibits a person from knowingly manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing cocaine.
Cocaine distribution charges are treated very seriously by NJ prosecutors because the drug is considered extremely dangerous. Cocaine is classified as a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance (CDS). This means that it is considered highly addictive, dangerous for users, and has limited use among medical professionals.
Possession of cocaine can also result in more serious distribution charges. That’s because it is unlawful for a person to possess cocaine with intent to distribute it. This means that you can be charged with cocaine distribution even if the attempted sale was unsuccessful.
Penalties for Cocaine Distribution in Mercer County NJ
The penalties for cocaine distribution are far more severe than the penalties for marijuana distribution; offenders are subject to a minimum sentence of 3 years behind bars. Cocaine distribution penalties are determined by the weight of the drug:
- Less than 0.5 Oz.: third degree felony, punishable by 3–5 years in NJ State Prison and a $75,000 fine
- 0.5–5 Oz.: second degree felony, punishable by 5–10 years in NJ State Prison
- 5 Oz. or More: first degree felony, punishable by 10–20 years in NJ State Prison and a $500,000 fine
Additionally, the Brimage Guidelines might apply to your cocaine distribution charge. These are sentencing guidelines followed by judges in certain situations. For example, if you are a repeat offender with a prior conviction for cocaine distribution, you may be subject to a mandatory minimum term of incarceration. These sentencing guidelines also apply to any plea bargain that you strike with prosecutors.
Enhanced Penalties for Cocaine Distribution in a School Zone or on Certain Public Property
If you are convicted of attempting to sell cocaine in a school zone or near a public housing facility, you could be subject to enhanced penalties. The Brimage Guidelines also apply to school zone offenses.
Contact Lawrence NJ Cocaine Distribution Lawyers
The lawyers at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson are ready to fight your drug distribution charges. We will investigate the facts in your case and craft a defense strategy to help you avoid the most serious consequences of a cocaine distribution conviction. Call us today to discuss your case over the phone, or email us to schedule a free consultation at our offices in Trenton or Pennington.