CDS Offenses Near a Housing Facility or Public Building
Charges for distributing, manufacturing or selling controlled dangerous substances (CDS) in New Jersey can easily become more serious if you're arrested within 500 feet of a public housing facility, a public park, or a public building.
I am Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney and lead counsel at the law firm Palumbo & Renaud. As a former prosecutor and current public defender with over 35 years of criminal trial experience, I know what it takes to fight drug charges in New Jersey. If you would like assistance with your case, contact me today for a free initial consultation at 1-866-664-8118.
Public Park & Housing Law
In addition to the basic penalties for drug distribution or manufacturing, you could be facing another 3 to 10 years in prison if you were caught distributing, manufacturing, or selling CDS within 500 feet of a public park, public housing project, or public building.
Manufacturing or selling CDS in a public park or housing zone is a second degree crime, subject to 5 to 10 years in prison, unless the violation involves less than an ounce of marijuana, in which case it's a third degree crime, subject to 3 to 5 years in prison. There are similar enhanced penalties for distributing, manufacturing, or selling CDS in a school zone.
Defending the Charge
Unfortunately, it's not a defense to charges for manufacturing or distributing CDS near a public park, housing facility, or building that you were unaware of the location. However, there are viable defenses against this charge. One defense is that the you did not have the intent to distribute the CDS for profit and the situation did not involve distribution to someone under the age of 17. Dismissal of this charge alone can make a huge difference in the penalties you face, so it's important to choose an attorney who's familiar with these defenses.
Getting the Legal Representation You Deserve
If you've been charged with manufacturing or selling drugs near a public park, housing facility, or building, you need an experienced defense lawyer who will press every legal advantage and fight for your rights throughout the entire judicial process. Don't wait until it's too late to fight your charges-consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
I am Anthony N. Palumbo, New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney, and to learn what I can do to eliminate your charges or reduce your fines, contact me for a free and confidential consultation through the email form on my website or at 1-866-664-8118. As a former prosecutor and current criminal defense lawyer with more than 35 years of experience, I know the tricks and tactics that the other side uses and the best strategies for protecting your rights. I will represent your interests aggressively and help to guide you through this difficult process.
Palumbo & Renaud defends individuals accused of drug offenses throughout New Jersey, including Essex County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Ocean County, and Union County.
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- Possession of Drugs with Intent to Distribute
- New Jersey Drugs in a School Zone Offenses
- Drug Distribution
- Possession of Drugs in a Car
- Amphetamine Drug Offenses
- Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance