Roselle CDS Distribution Attorney
Possession With Intent to Distribute Offense in Roselle NJ
The Borough of Roselle processed approximately 200 felony criminal offenses last year and more than a few involved a charge for distribution of a controlled dangerous substance (“CDS”) like marijuana, cocaine, heroin, MDMA and prescription legend drugs. If you were charged with selling, distributing or possession with intent to distribute drugs in Roselle New Jersey, you absolutely need to retain a competent criminal attorney immediately. Whether your case involves allegations of a crime of the first degree, second degree, third degree or even fourth degree, you are facing the possibility of a length state prison term. The difference between losing your liberty and remaining free will certainly hinge, at least in part, on the quality of the representation provided by your defense lawyer. Here at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, our team of seasoned attorneys have over a century a century of experience defending clients arrested in Union County, including Roselle, for CDS distribution. A member of our team, including one the lawyers who was a prosecutor, is available 24/7 at 908-272-1700 to assist you. Give us a call.
Roselle New Jersey Drug Distribution Charge
The majority of Roselle New Jersey drug distribution charges arising out of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5 which applies to cocaine, heroin, MDMA (a.k.a. Molly, Ecstasy, etc.), LSD, methamphetamine, marijuana and most other Schedule I, II, III, IV & V controlled dangerous substances. In accordance with this law, it is a crime to manufacture, distribute or possess CDS with the intent to distribute without a valid license. The severity of this violation is predicated on the type of drug and quantity as follows:
- First Degree Crime. Distributing or selling at least five ounces of heroin, MDMA, methamphetamine or cocaine, at least 25 pounds of marijuana, or 100 milligrams or more of LSD is a first degree crime that exposes you to a prison term of 10-20 years and a fine of up to $500,000 ($300,000 for methamphetamine and marijuana).
- Second Degree Crime. It is a second degree crime punishable by 5-10 years in prison to distribute, sell or possess with intent a quantity of at least a half ounce but less than 5 ounces of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin or MDMA, between 5 and 25 pounds of marijuana, less than 100 milligrams of LSD, or 100 or more dosage units of a prescription legend drug like Xanax, Oxycodone/Oxycontin, Hydrocodone or another medication.
- Third Degree Crime. Selling less than a half ounce of heroin, MDMA, cocaine or methamphetamine, between an ounce and 5 pounds of marijuana or 5-99 dosage units of a prescription drug, or any other Schedule I-IV CDS, is a third degree crime that carries 3-5 years in prison and a $75,000 fine (up to $200,000 for prescription drugs & $25,000 for marijuana).
- Fourth Degree Crime. It is a fourth degree crime to distribute or sell less than an ounce of marijuana, under 5 dosage units of a prescription drug or a Schedule V. The penalties include up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 ($25,000 for marijuana).
The aforesaid penalties are enhanced with additional charges applying if the drug/cds is being distributed or sold in the Roselle within 500 feet of a public park or housing project or in a school zone (i.e. within 1,000 feet of school property).
Roselle Drug Distribution Defense Lawyer
You are obviously facing the potential for jail and other severe penalties if you are convicted of drug distribution in Roselle NJ. Retaining the right defense lawyer to defend your case could mean the difference between years of imprisonment and probation. The attorneys that make up the eight member criminal trial team of the Marshall Law Firm have over 100 years of collective experience representing clients accused of distributing and selling CDS at the Union County Superior Court in Elizabeth. If you would like an attorney at the firm to take the time to conduct a free case review, contact our Union Office for a free consultation. Lawyers are always available around the clock to assist you.