New Jersey law classifies anabolic steroids as a Schedule III controlled dangerous substance (CDS). In fact, lawmakers are so concerned with steroid use that they have adopted N.J.S.A. 24:21-7(a) to specifically address possession and distribution (i.e. possession with intent) of this form of CDS. The law is intended to deter those who possess or distribute steroids by creating significant fines, jail time and other penalties for those who violate the law. If you have been charged with a steroid offense, we can assist you. Our defense team is highly experienced in the defense of CDS offenses and includes several former prosecutors from Monmouth County. We have represented countless clients arrested in Middletown, Howell, Tinton Falls, Englishtown and Manalapan on Monmouth County Superior Court drug charges. An attorney is available now to assist you in our Red Bank Office at 732-450-8300.
Possession of Steroids
While many believe that steriod use is not addictive, this is not reality in terms of the law. All forms of steriods are prohibited absent a valid prescription. The law actually sets forth a number of anabolic substances that fall within this prohibition and they include:
- Boldenone Chlorotestosterone (4-chlorotestosterone)
- Dihydrotestosterone (4–dihydrotesterone)
- Formebulone (formebolone)
- Any salt, ester, or isomer of a drug or substance described or listed above, if that salt, ester, or isomer promotes muscle growth.
If you are convicted of possessing any quantity of steroids under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10 at the county courthouse in Freehold, you will have a felony criminal record. The grade of offense is what is termed a third degree crime. A third degree crime of this nature exposes an individual to a fine of up to $35,000, a Drug Enforcement and Demand Reduction Penalty (“DEDR”) of $1,000, and up to five (5) years in state prison. A drivers license suspension of at least six (6) months also applies absent a showing of extreme hardship. It certainly best for you to hire a skilled criminal lawyer if you were charged with possessing steroids in Belmar, Wall Township, Long Branch, Holmdel or another municipality in the area.
Distribution of Steroids
If you were arrested for selling, distributing or possessing steroids with intent to distribute, you face serious penalties under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5. Depending on the dosage units allegedly sold, you could face a prison term of 3-5 years for third degree distribution, 5-10 years for second degree distribution and 10-20 years for first degree distribution. The fines are likewise stiff with potential responsibility of $25,000 for a third degree crime, $150,000 for a second degree crime and $200,000 for a first degree crime. The DEDR penalties are $1,000, $2,000 and $3,000, respectively. The penalties just described are even worse where the steroid distribution charge involves distribution in a school zone or intent to distribute in a public park.
Possession & Distribution of Steroids Lawyers
At Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver, our team of experienced criminal defense lawyers take great pride in helping our clients. When you contact our Red Bank of Freehold office, we will promptly answer all of your questions and formulate a strategy for effectively defending the steroid charges against you. And when it comes time to appear with you in court, you will have the benefit of being represented by an attorney who has been handling cases in the county for decades and perhaps even prosecuted in the venue. We know who, where and how to successfully present your defense so that the very best outcome is reached. Give our defense firm a call if you were arrested for steroids anywhere in Monmouth County, including Ocean, Marlboro, Hazlet, or Deal. An attorney is available 24/7 to assist you and the consultation is free of charge.