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Possession of Heroin

Rahway NJ Heroin Possession Attorney

The heroin problem in this state has been described by many as an epidemic and clearly Union County is not immune to this issue. In fact, both Elizabeth and Plainfield made it to the top 20 in terms of rankings for heroin arrests in a recent publication. This should serve as a clear signal that this drug is not only accessible in the county but also that there exists a high demand for those trying to possess heroin. The Union County Prosecutor’s Office, as well as local police, are well aware of the problem and have taken an aggressive approach to combat heroin possession. This is why the Union Township Office of The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, which has eight criminal lawyers on staff, defends so many individuals charged with possession of heroin in Rahway, Westfield, Linden and other towns every year at the Superior Court in Elizabeth. Our team of former prosecutors and skilled defense attorneys have the knowledge and experience you need with over 100 years in practice between us.  An attorney is available at 908-272-1700 to assist you in a free consultation anytime 24/7.

Heroin Possession Charge in Union County

N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10 makes it a third degree crime to possess heroin because it falls under the definition of a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance. This law also provides that it is a violation to “obtain, or to possess, actually or constructively” any quantity of heroin. Actual possession occurs where an individual is found with heroin on his person, car, residence, or under similar circumstance. Constructive possession applies where the heroin isn’t directly on the person but in situations where the accused knows of the existence of the drug and has the ability and intention to exercise control over it at some point in the future. Possession issues most often arise under the following circumstances:

What should be somewhat clear from the discussion thus far is that there is the potential for many defenses to a heroin possession charge. The best way for you to insure that you take advantage of these opportunities is secure the right representation.

In addition to being the municipality with the highest number of heroin arrests in Union County, the City of Elizabeth is also the home to the Union County Superior Court. This is the venue that is responsible for handling all third degree crimes filed in the county including possession of heroin. While initial arraignment is often scheduled in the town where an arrest took place, all other proceedings in cases involving possession of heroin must take place at the courthouse in Elizabeth.

Penalties for Heroin Possession. Straight possession of heroin, as opposed to possession with intent to distribute heroin, is a third degree crime. This is a felony punishable with up to five (5) years in jail and a fine of $35,000. All individuals convicted of heroin possession are also subject to a driver’s license suspension of at least six months and as much as two years.

Roselle Park NJ Heroin Possession Lawyer

Our defense team has, as previously stated, been effectively representing those charged with third degree possession of heroin for literally decades now. The attorneys here at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have defended clients just like you arrested throughout Union County, including in Hillside, Roselle Park, Cranford, Union and Roselle. If you have also be charged with heroin possession, an attorney is equipped to provide a thorough consultation immediately. Call us at 908-272-1700 for immediate assistance from a lawyer on our staff.

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