Possession of Drugs with Intent to Distribute
New Jersey Drug Distribution Attorney
Union County Intent to Sell Drugs Defense Lawyer
Have you been charged with Possession of Drugs with Intent to Distribute?
The penalties for a conviction of this charge are the same as those which result from a conviction of drug distribution, and drug trafficking. These penalties are extremely serious and can result in penalties of up to 20 years in prison. When charged with such a serious crime it is important to contact an experienced New Jersey Drug Distribution attorney. My name is Anthony N. Palumbo, and I am a former prosecutor, defending individuals against cocaine possession, marijuana possession, or possession of drug paraphernalia charges in Union County and throughout New Jersey.
If you have been charged with a Drug Distribution crime in New Jersey, it is important not to speak with the police about your situation. Instead, contact an attorney immediately. Talking to the police can mean the difference between an acquittal and 20 years in prison so it is extremely important to exercise your right to remain silent and request an attorney. Contact me today at 908-643-6801 for a free initial consultation by phone or in person. I defend individuals against drug charges throughout New Jersey including Essex County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Berkeley County, Union County, Ocean County, Morris County, Hudson County, and Somerset County.
NJ Drug Distribution Penalties
If you are convicted of Possession of Drugs with Intent to sell, the penalties depend on: (1) the type of drug; and (2) the amount involved. The following provides the penalties applicable to Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana. These are two extremely common charges.
Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute
Possession with Intent to Distribute 5 ounces or more of cocaine, results in a 1st degree crime which carries 10 to 20 years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines. Under 5 grams but more than ½ of an ounce, results in a 2nd degree crime which carries 5 to 10 years in prison, and less than ½ of an ounce, results in a 3rd degree crime and up to $75,000 in fines.
Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute
Possession with Intent to Distribute 25 pounds or more of marijuana, or 50 or more marijuana plants, results in a 1st degree crime which carries 10 to 20 years in prison and up to $300,000 in fines. 5 or more pounds of marijuana, but less than 25 pounds of marijuana, or between 10 and 49 marijuana plants, results in a 2nd degree crime which carries 5 to 10 years in prison. 1 ounce or more of marijuana, but less than 5 pounds of marijuana, results in a 3rd degree crime which carries 3 to 5 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines. And less than 1 ounce of marijuana, results in a 4th degree crime which carries up to 18 months in prison.
Defenses to Drug Charges
As a former prosecutor with years of experience prosecuting individuals charged with drug crimes, I know how the prosecution will approach the charge, and how to best defend against it. Incidents involving drug charges are often rife with constitutional defenses which can be exercised on your behalf to prevent vital information from coming into court at trial. Applicable constitutional rights include the 4th Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure, violation of Miranda rights under the 5th Amendment, violation of the 6th Amendment right to counsel, and violation of the 14th Amendment right to due process of law. These defenses involve challenging the procedure in which your investigation, arrest, custody, and/or interrogation were carried out.
As an experienced New Jersey Defense Attorney, I will carefully check the actions of all law enforcement officials involved in your charge, and ensure that your constitutional rights are properly exercised. Contact me for a free initial consultation at 908-643-6801 by phone or in person at either of my two conveniently located offices located on 190 North Avenue, Cranford, New Jersey 07016 and 740 Newark Avenue, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07208.
As a seasoned defense lawyer with over 35 years of experience defending individuals charged with drug crimes in Union County, New Jersey, I know how difficult this experience can be, and I will do everything possible to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome in your case. Contact me today. I will listen to your story and we can discuss the defenses that will be effective against your charge . Call 908-643-6801 for a free initial consultation. I also defend the following charges:
- Possession with intent to sell
- Drug Possession
- Drug manufacturing and cultivation
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Conspiracy to violate drug laws
- Driving with drugs in the car
- Juvenile drug crimes
- Drugs in school zone charges
- Unauthorized prescription drugs
The law offices of Anthony N. Palumbo defends individuals accused of Drug offenses throughout New Jersey including Union County, Middlesex County, Somerset County, Monmouth County, Essex County, Hudson County, Morris County, and Ocean County.