Cocaine & Possession Charges in Woodbridge
Cocaine is far from an issue of yesteryear in Woodbridge. Possession of cocaine is definitely on the rise. The stimulating high and low costs of the drug have led to a resurrection in usage. The demand for cocaine has not gone unnoticed by law enforcement in Middlesex County and those are sell or distribute this CDS are prime targets. If you were arrested in Woodbridge for possession or intent to distribute cocaine, you face significant penalties under New Jersey Law.
All cocaine charges are felony offenses that have the potential to result in significant state prison terms. If you were arrested for a cocaine offense on the Garden State Parkway, on the NJ Turnpike (e.g. Thomas Edison Service Area) or anywhere else in Woodbridge Township, you clearly need to seek the advice of a skilled defense lawyer. Our firm is comprised of many attorneys who would fall under this description. We are a team of former prosecutors and highly experienced criminal lawyers who have been handling Woodbridge cocaine and other drug cases at the Middlesex County Superior Court for well over 20 years. To speak to someone with knowledge in cocaine possession or distribution, call us for a free consultation at 732-634-0700.
Possession of Cocaine
Personal possession of cocaine is the least serious charge someone can face with this form of CDS. Under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10, an individual cannot possess cocaine without committing a third degree crime. A third degree conviction for possession of cocaine can result in 5 years in prison and a fine of $35,000. There is also at least 100 hours of community service that must be performed if the possession is within 1,000 feet of property owned or leased by a school (a.k.a. school zone).
Selling, distributing or possession with intent to distribute cocaine is prosecuted in accordance with N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5. The grading and penalties for distribution of cocaine are very similar to those that apply to heroin. When the cocaine distribution charge involves 5 ounces or more, a conviction results in first degree crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $500,000. Distribution of one half ounce but less than 5 ounces is a second degree crime. Second degree cocaine distribution results in a maximum fine of $150,000 and the possibility of 10 years in prison. Selling or distributing less than a half ounce of cocaine is a third degree crime that carries the possibility of 5 years in prison and a $75,000 fine. All distribution charges also carry a 6 month driver’s license suspension, as well as enhanced penalties where the cocaine is being sold in a school zone or public park zone.
Cocaine Attorney in Woodbridge Township NJ
Our attorneys have seen a definite spike in cocaine offenses. There are probably many explanations for the boom but that certainly is not a reflection of loosening of the law or penalties that apply if you are convicted. Cocaine is still viewed as a serious street drug and those who distribute or possess it for personal use face a felony that carries a minimum of 5 years in prison. You therefore need to put significant attention into your cocaine charge before things turn any worse. To this end, an attorney at our Woodbridge firm is available any time of day or not for a free consultation. We can definitely help you so call one of our lawyers now at 732-634-0700.