Contact Our Criminal Firm To Speak To A Skilled Attorney About Your CDS Possession Charge
If you have been charged with possession of any type of drug (a.k.a. controlled dangerous substance or CDS) in the City of Long Branch, you should definitely retain an experienced defense lawyer. The ramifications of a conviction for possession of cocaine, heroin, MDMA or even marijuana are serious so enlisting an attorney who is skilled in this area of law is pivotal to protection of your future. Here at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, our lawyers have been in practice for over 100 years combined practice to thoroughly serve your interests in Long Branch Municipal Court and at the Monmouth County Superior Court. To speak to Jonathan F. Marshall or another one of the attorneys on his team, call 732-450-8300 for a free consultation.
CDS Possession Offense in Long Branch New Jersey
A CDS possession offense in Long Branch can come in many forms. For example, possession of a small amount of prescription drugs or less than 50 grams of marijuana results in a disorderly persons offense that is heard in the municipal court of Long Branch. Conversely, any quantity of heroin, cocaine, LSD, methamphetamine, MDMA and many other Schedule I or II drugs automatically results in a third degree crime, a felony, that can only be heard at the Superior Court in Freehold. The following is a general breakdown of the varieties of CDS possession that someone can face in Long Branch:
- Third Degree Crime. As previously stated, it is a third degree crime to possess cocaine, heroin, MDMA, LSD, methamphetamine, ecstasy or other CDS falling under 2C:35-10a(1). The penalties for possessing drugs in Long Branch in the third degree include a fine of up to $35,000 and the possibility of 5 years in prison.
- Fourth Degree Crime. Possession of over 50 grams of marijuana, a Schedule V CDS or four or fewer dosage units of a prescription drug results in a fourth degree crime. The penalties for fourth degree possession in Long Branch include up to 18 months in prison and a $15,000 fine ($10,000 for prescription drugs and $25,000 for fourth degree possession of marijuana).
- Disorderly Persons Offense. It is a disorderly persons offense to possession 50 grams or less of marijuana in Long Branch or less than five grams of hashish. The penalties for this form of Long Branch drug possession include a fine of up to $1,000 and up to 6 months in jail.
You should also know that there are two diversion programs that our attorneys can utilize to avoid the penalties for CDS possession in Long Branch. Conditional Discharge applies to a disorderly persons offense in Long Branch and Pretrial Intervention is available for first time offenders facing a third degree or fourth degree crime at the Monmouth County Superior Court.
Long Branch CDS Possession Attorneys
The consequences of a CDS possession charge are obviously substantial so it is advisable that you consult with a lawyer if you were charged in Long Branch under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10. The lawyers at our firm are available to assist you in this role anytime 24/7 and initial consultations are free. Call us at 732-450-8300 so you can learn your options for defending this offense from a seasoned defense attorney. Attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall are ready to take your call immediately.