What are New Jersey Drug Laws?

New Jersey arrested more than 55,000 people in 2014 for drug abuse violations, according to the 2014 Uniform Crime Report. If you are convicted of a drug-related offense, you may be facing criminal penalties such as fines, probation, community service, and even jail time. Furthermore, you will have a criminal conviction on your record that could affect you for the test of your life. Below, we discuss some of the basic drug laws in New Jersey. For more information, or to retain legal representation, call our office today.

Drug Possession

You do not have be a drug user to be accused of a criminal offense related to drugs – simply possessing them may be enough. Of course, possession of drugs like MDMA, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamines is illegal, but so is the unauthorized possession of a prescription drug. Many people are surprised to learn that taking a few of their friend’s Xanax or Adderall pills has the potential to get the in significant legal trouble.

Drug Distribution/Possession with the Intent to Distribute

If you are found with a substantial amount of drugs, you may be accused of an offense related to the distribution of drugs. These kinds of allegations are a serious matter and should not be taken lightly. Often, whether or not you will be accused of simple possession or possession with the intent to distribute will be determined by subjective factors, such as the way the drugs were packaged and the amount you had on your person.

Drug Cultivation and Manufacture

Producing illegal drugs is also a serious criminal offense in the state of New Jersey. If you are caught growing marijuana plants or with equipment and materials usually used to make illegal drugs, you may be facing extremely serious legal consequences. Fortunately, in many cases, there are ways that a skilled attorney can defend against these kinds of allegations or have them significantly reduced.

Call Robert DePersia Today to Speak with a New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you have been accused of any offense related to illegal drugs, you should speak to an attorney immediately. With more than 25 years of experience in criminal defense, New Jersey criminal defense lawyer Robery DePersia is qualified to represent people accused of any crime and fights to get is clients the best outcome possible. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at 800-761-2093 or send us an email through our online contact form.