Drug offenses are some of the most serious criminal charges that can be brought against someone whether filed in the Superior Court or in the Municipal Court as a disorderly persons offense. A drug conviction can result in mandatory jail time, fines, property seizure and driver's license suspension. If you have been charged with a drug crime involving any illegal substance or prescription drug, it is important to protect your rights by hiring an aggressive and experienced drug defense attorney. Do not answer any questions asked by the police without a lawyer present.
I am Anthony N. Palumbo, a partner at the law firm of Palumbo & Renaud and an aggressive and knowledgeable drug defense lawyer with more than 35 years of criminal trial experience who will be able to vigorously fight the charges against you. Contact me to schedule a free initial consultation about your drug charges.
Understanding Every Aspect of the Charges You Face
While marijuana is the most common drug involved in criminal and municipal charges, other frequently targeted drugs include cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, Ecstasy, PCP, methamphetamine, and precription drugs such as Adderall and oxycodone. Drug charges under New Jersey law involve many circumstances, including:
- Drug possession
- Possession with intent to sell
- Drug distribution, from sales to trafficking
- Drug manufacturing and cultivation
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Conspiracy to violate drug laws
- Driving with drugs in the car
- Drugs in a school zone
- Drugs near a public park
- Unauthorized prescription drugs
- Date rape drugs
There are also specific offenses relating to prescription drugs. If you are caught with drugs for which you do not have a prescription, or if you are accused of forging a prescription, you can be charged with a crime.
Certain special circumstances can also affect the seriousness of your drug charges. For instance, drug offenses committed in a school zone and those involving juveniles may lead to higher penalties.
As a criminal defense attorney I have represented people charged with sale and distribution of drugs for more than 35 years. I can help you fight drug charges with a number of strategies, including challenging the evidence and negotiating with prosecutors for a lesser penalty (such as downgrading the charges to a municipal offense rather than a criminal court matter). Contact me to discuss your options.
Seeking Pretrial Intervention — And Dismissal of Your Charges
Pretrial intervention (PTI), a program that puts your drug charges on hold for a year, is available for some drug crimes, depending on the amount of drugs involved, any prior convictions you may have and other factors. If you successfully complete the program, the charges are dismissed and your criminal record is cleared.
I understand the PTI application process. If you choose to pursue this option, I will do everything I can to get you enrolled.