Drug Offenses in New Jersey

The state of New Jersey takes drug offenses very seriously. An individual who is found with the possession of illegal drugs may face life-changing consequences to their actions. Drug charges lead to severe penalties that have the power to detrimentally impact lives. While these penalties may change case by case depending on the charge, every one of them is taken seriously. It is important to contact a skilled attorney if you have been charged with drug possession.

Marijuana Possession

The state of New Jersey has certain consequences for those found with marijuana without medical necessity. An individual found with under 50 grams may require up to 6 months in prison as well as a fine of up to $1,000. If an individual is found with over 50 grams, it is considered a felony. This may result in up to a year and a half in prison with a $25,000 fine. Marijuana is a Schedule I drug, classifying it as one of the most dangerous drugs. While this may be true, courts are willing to work with individuals to avoid extreme penalties.

Heroin Possession

In the state of New Jersey, heroin is also a Schedule I drug. The consequences of the crime depend on how much heroin was in possession. Small amounts may be considered a third-degree crime. Larger amounts of heroin or having the intent to distribute it may be considered a first or second-degree crime. This charge may require a fine of up to $35,000 and up to 5 years in prison.

Cocaine Possession

Cocaine is classified as a Schedule II drug in New Jersey. This classifies drugs as less dangerous, although they still come with serious penalties. If an individual is found with less than half an ounce, it is known as a third-degree offense. This may require a fine between $35,000 and $75,000 in addition to a prison sentence of up to 5 years. The individual may also lose their driver’s license, be enrolled in a mandatory drug education and rehabilitation program, and be required to complete 100 hours of community service.

Illegal Prescription Drugs

An individual found with illegal prescription drugs may face a number of consequences. This could range from fines, jail time, and a criminal record. The degree of the crime varies depending on the circumstances that were present at the time of the arrest. If an individual possesses a larger amount of drugs, the severity of the degree and their penalties may increase. A fourth-degree crime may require up to 18 months in jail. A second-degree crime may result in 5 to 10 years in jail. If charged with illegal possession of prescription drugs, an individual may face penalties from $1,000 to $300,000.

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