Charged With Intent to Distribute in Freehold New Jersey
Distribution of a controlled dangerous substance (“CDS”) is illegal unless you are a licensed physician or pharmacist. Those who violate this law are subject to severe penalties under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5 (“Manufacturing, distributing or dispensing”) that escalate depending on the quantity of drugs involved. There are also special rules apply if these activities are conducted in an area that the law affords enhanced protection, for example, a drug free school zone. If you were arrested in Howell, Middletown, Ocean Township, Eatontown, Belmar or another municipality for possession with intent to distribute, it is critical that you obtain the assistance of an astute criminal attorney as soon as possible.
Our firm, The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, has credentials that you will undoubtedly find impressive for defending your drug distribution case. We are the largest defense team in Monmouth County with eight lawyers, several of whom are former prosecutors. Our staff has handled thousands of intent to distribute offenses over the 100 plus years in combined practice, many of which involved indictment for a first, second, third or fourth degree crime in Freehold at the Superior Court. A lawyer is available immediately to review the facts of your case in a free initial consultation and to provide their insight as to what we believe can be accomplished on your behalf. Contact our Freehold Criminal Defense Office at 732-462-1197 anytime 24/7 for immediately assistance.
Penalties For Manufacturing, Distributing or Selling
As previously stated, the severity of a distribution offense is largely predicated on the type and quantity of drugs sold or dispensed. We have provided in depth analysis elsewhere on this site with reference to the following drugs:
- Prescription Drugs
- MDMA, Ecstasy & Molly
- Synthetic Cannabinoids
- Imitation CDS
Conviction for first degree distribution of CDS carries up to 20 years in prison and a fine as high as $500,000. The maximum fine is reduced to $300,000 where the drug is marijuana. A second degree intent to distribute charge results in 5-10 years in prison and exposure to a fine that can reach $150,000. A third degree crime for selling drugs triggers a jail sentence of up to 5 years and a fine of up to $75,000 except where marijuana is involved, in which case the maximum is $25,000. The penalties that apply to a fourth degree crime for manufacturing or distributing CDS include up to 18 months of incarceration and permissible fine of $25,000.
Enhanced Consequences for Distribution in a Public Park or School Zone. The law is designed to provided heightened protection from illegal drugs in those areas where child are likely to be present. An individual is therefore subject to even more serious penalties for distributing CDS in a school zone or selling drugs within 500 feet of a public park.
Freehold NJ Drug Distribution Attorney
It should be clear from what has been discussed that you want to do your utmost to avert a conviction under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5. Hiring a lawyer that is skilled in the defense of intent to distribute CDS offenses is certainly one of your best options in this regard. The Freehold NJ Drug Distribution Attorneys at our firm can serve you well given our experience in defending these types of cases. We have represented countless clients in Monmouth, including those charged in Holmdel, Long Branch, Keansburg, Aberdeen and Keyport. To discuss the specifics of what we can do for you, call our Red Bank Office or another one of our locations for the guidance you absolutely need.