Charged With Possession of Cocaine, LSD, Marijuana, Heroin, Xanax, Ecstasy or Another Form of CDS in Freehold New Jersey
Contact One Of Our Former Prosecutors To Discuss Your Freehold Possession of CDS Case
A drug possession charge in Freehold or another municipality can have a devastating impact on your life. In fact, CDS possession offenses involving anything more than 50 grams or less of marijuana are a felony that can land you in state prison. If you have been charged with possession of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, LSD, Xanax, Ecstasy or any other form of CDS, it is certainly important that you retain an accomplished defense lawyer to defend you.
The lawyers at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall possess the qualifications that you need. We are a team of eight criminal attorneys, most of whom are ex-prosecutors, that possess over a century of collective experience defending fourth degree and third degree drug possession charges in Freehold. Our history of success in defending clients who possessed CDS resulting in a case in Freehold spans decades.
An attorney at our criminal defense firm is available around the clock to discuss your arrest for possessing methamphetamine, Molly, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone or another drug. Lawyers are available immediately to provide a free consultation by contacting our Freehold Office at 732-462-1197.
Freehold Drug Possession Offense
There are two ways someone can face a Freehold drug possession offense. The first scenario is being arrested for a disorderly persons offense for possessing less than 5 dosages of a prescription legend drug (e.g. Valium, Suboxone, Adderall, etc.), less than 50 grams of marijuana or less than 5 grams of hashish or hashish oil. The second and more common way a CDS possession charge arises in Freehold is because someone has been arrested for possessing a drug that results in an indictable crime (i.e. first degree, second degree, third degree or fourth degree) that can only be decided at the Monmouth County Superior Court in Freehold New Jersey. The types of drugs/CDS falling into this category include:
- MDMA (a.k.a. Ecstasy or Molly)
- Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Valium, Vicodin, Oxycontin, Morphine and other opioids
- Suboxone and Methodone
- 50 Grams or more of Marijuana or over 5 Grams of Hashish
- Over 4 dosage units of Xanax, Adderall, Clonazepam or another Prescription Drug
- GHB and other substances categorized as date rape drugs
What we are referring to in this article is person or straight possession as opposed to distribution of cds and possession with intent to distribute drugs.
The Penalties For Possessing Drugs in Freehold, New Jersey
The penalties you will receive if you are charged and convicted of simple possession of an illegal drug in New Jersey, will depend on the type of drug and quantity possessed. As previously explained, you can possess CDS that results in a disorderly persons offense, a misdemeanor falling under the jurisdiction of the Freehold Municipal Court, or face a crime of the third degree or fourth degree that must be heard at the Freehold Superior Court. The penalties that apply are as follows:
- Disorderly Persons Offense for Possession. A disorderly persons offense carries a maximum penalties that include up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
- Fourth Degree Possession. A fourth degree crime for possessing drugs, for example, more than 50 grams of marijuana, more than 5 grams of hashish or at least 5 dosage units of prescription CDS carries up to 18 months in state prison and a fine of up to $25,000 ($10,000 for prescription legend drugs).
- Third Degree Possession. The penalties for a third degree crime for possession of cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamine, ecstasy or another schedule I, II, III & IV CDS include a fine of up to $35,000 and 3 – 5 years in a state prison.
Defending Freehold Drug Possession Charges
At the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, there is no case too big or too small. Whether we are dealing with marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine, nearly all drug cases hinge on constitutionally protected privacy rights and the state’s burden to prove the element of knowledge beyond a reasonable doubt.
By contacting our law firm, you can turn the tables on the prosecution. We will act swiftly to preserve evidence, compel discovery, and to conduct our own investigation of the circumstance of your case.
We will also move to quash your arrest and suppress evidence based upon violations of your fourth amendment rights and to suppress any statement you made to the police based on violations of your fifth and sixth amendment rights.
Furthermore, we will attack the reliability of any statements made by informants and force the state to prove each and every element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt.
When all else fails, we will take advantage of Pretrial Intervention, Drug Court and any other diversion programs potentially available to you.
Drug Possession Defense Attorney in Freehold
Whether you have been charged with possession of less than a 50 grams of marijuana or a substantial quantity of heroin, our defense lawyers will take immediate action and use proven tactics to protect your rights. You can have the confidence that you are in able hands given the extensive experience and history of success of the attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall in defending clients arrested for possessing CDS in Freehold and elsewhere in Monmouth County. An attorney is ready to conduct a comprehensive case review and to provide a recommendation as to your best defenses to the Freehold possession offense you are facing. To speak to a lawyer immediately, contact our firm at 732-462-1197.
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