Trenton NJ Drug Penalties
New Jersey Drug Possession Attorneys
You need to take a drug charge very seriously. If you are convicted of a drug crime in New Jersey, the penalties are severe. In many cases, a conviction carries a mandatory minimum term of incarceration. That means you could be going to prison for a very long time.
Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson is a well-respected law firm with more than 40 years of experience in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Our attorneys regularly defend clients against drug charges in Trenton, Hightstown, and everywhere else in Mercer County. We will guide you through the complex legal process and keep you informed every step of the way so that you know exactly what is happening with your case. We will also do whatever it takes to help you avoid the most serious drug penalties. Call KCR now to begin your defense.
Penalties for Drug Possession in Mercer County, NJ
The penalties for possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) vary, depending upon the type and amount of drug:
- 50 Grams or Less of Marijuana: up to 6 months in county jail and a $1,000 fine
- More than 50 Grams of Marijuana: up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison and a $25,000 fine
- Cocaine Possession: 3–5 years in New Jersey State Prison and a $35,000 fine
- Heroin Possession: 3–5 years in New Jersey State Prison and a $35,000 fine
You can also be sentenced to 6 months in jail just for having drug paraphernalia such as syringes or bongs.
Penalties for Drug Distribution in Mercer County, NJ
The penalties for distribution of a CDS also vary, depending upon the type and amount of drug:
- Marijuana Distribution: penalties range from 18 months–20 years in New Jersey State Prison
- Cocaine Distribution: penalties range from 3–20 years in New Jersey State Prison
- Heroin Distribution: penalties range from 3–20 years in New Jersey State Prison
Distribution of a CDS in a school zone can result in enhanced penalties. If you are caught trying to sell less than 1 ounce of marijuana near a school, you may be sentenced to 1 additional year in prison. This is on top of the standard penalties for marijuana distribution. All other school zone offenses – such as distribution of cocaine or heroin – carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 years in prison.
Loss of Driver’s License for a Drug Conviction
All drug offenders in the State of New Jersey are subject to suspension of their driving privileges. If you are convicted of drug possession or drug distribution, you could have your license suspended for 6 months–2 years.
Collateral Consequences of a Drug Crime Conviction in Princeton
A drug crime conviction will also have collateral consequences that can haunt you for the rest of your life. For example, a drug crime conviction could make it extremely difficult for you to secure or maintain employment in the future. You might also be disqualified from public housing opportunities. Beyond that, if you are a college student, you could find yourself suddenly ineligible for federal student financial aid.
Call a Pennington Marijuana Distribution Lawyer
Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson has a proven record of success in drug crime cases. We will develop an advanced trial strategy to beat your charges and ensure that you stay out of prison. Call us today, or fill out the convenient online contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at our offices in Pennington or Trenton.