Possession of Cocaine, Heroin, Molly & Other Drugs in Asbury Park
Asbury Park is one of the busiest municipalities in Monmouth County for drug possession charges. Hundreds of individuals are arrested annually for possession of heroin, cocaine, MDMA (a.k.a. Molly/Ecstasy) and other forms of controlled dangerous substance (“CDS”). There are also slews of cases for marijuana possession in Asbury Park filed every year. If you were arrested for possessing a drug/CDS, the attorneys at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have the qualities you need to protect your future. Our defense firm is the largest in the county, is comprised of several former prosecutors, and has been successfully representing defendants charged with drug possession just like you for two decades in Asbury Park and elsewhere in New Jersey. To obtain a complementary consultation with an attorney on our staff, you may contact us online or call us at 732-449-2292.
CDS Possession in the City of Asbury Park NJ
N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10 makes it illegal to possess any type of CDS without a valid prescription in Asbury Park NJ. The severity of the offense hinges on the type of drug possessed and whether it was for purposes of distribution (i.e. possession with intent to distribute). Possession can be constructive or actual. Actual possession exists when you have physical possession of the substance. Constructive possession occurs when, while not physically on your person, you are aware of the existence of the drug and have the ability and intention to exercise control over it.
It is a third degree crime to possess Schedule I, II, III or IV drugs like cocaine, heroin and MDMA. It is also a third degree crime to be in possession of at least five but no more than 100 dosage units of a prescription drugs like Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Suboxone or Xanax. It is a second degree crime where the dosage units illegally possessed exceeds one-hundred and a fourth degree crime where four or fewer dosage units are involved.
The maximum penalties for a third degree possession charge include a $35,000 fine and 5 years in prison. A driver’s license suspension of six to twenty-four months must also be imposed at sentencing, along with imposition of a $1,000 Drug Enforcement penalty. If the possession occurred in a school zone in Asbury Park, you are also subject to at least one-hundred hours of community service.
Asbury Park CDS Possession Lawyer
The police in Asbury Park are aggressive in apprehending those who illegally possess CDS in the city. Whether it is prescription medication or street drugs like cocaine, there are significant ramifications if you are convicted. This is why hiring a skilled lawyer if you arrested for possessing drugs in Asbury Park. Our attorneys have all of the tools to insure you have every opportunity to escape the potentially severe penalties under 2C:35-10. For immediate assistance with bail or any other issue, call our lawyers at 732-449-2292. Initial consultations are free of charge.