Drug allegations are some of the most common types of crimes that New Jersey criminal defense attorneys help their clients navigate. When it comes to drug allegations, however, there are a lot of different kinds of legal violations of which a defendant could find him or herself being accused.
Let's take a look at some of the most common drug allegations against which defense attorneys defend their clients:
Drug possession: Perhaps the most frequent drug violation that police accused New Jersey residents of committing is drug possession. This can relate to the possession of any variety of illegal substances like crack, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine, prescription drugs and more. The severity of a possession charge relates to the type and quantity of the substance involved.
Drug sales: Drug sales, and the sale of any controlled substance, is probably the second-most common drug crime. The penalties associated with a drug sales conviction are a lot more severe than simple possession and the severity of penalties will depend on the type and quantity of the drugs involved.
Intoxicated driving: Another common charge happens when an individual is pulled over and accused of driving while intoxicated by drugs. This crime may involve multiple drug charges, in addition to the driving under the influence of drugs, like drug possession.
The above three drug crimes are some of the most common drug crimes that New Jersey residents find themselves facing in court. If you have been accused of a drug crime, a criminal defense lawyer can help you navigate your defense and assist you in trying to achieve a verdict of not guilty or a reduction in punishments if a conviction is likely.