Middlesex County NJ Heroin Lawyer
Heroin Defense Attorneys in New Brunswick, New Jersey
Heroin has become increasingly prevalent throughout New Jersey and the tri-state area. A majority within the legal community agrees that the increase is directly attributable to the easy accessibility of highly addictive prescription opiates such as Oxycontin and Vicodin. In order to meet this new wave head on, courts and law enforcement have taken a tough stance against these charges on the state and federal levels. If you are is convicted of heroin possession then you will be subject to incarceration in state prison because it is a felony offense. At The Law Offices of Proetta & Oliver, our practice is largely dedicated to defending individuals for criminal and municipal court charges and we have represented clients charged with heroin possession and distribution throughout New Jersey. If you have been charged with possession of heroin in New Brunswick, Woodbridge, Edison, Piscataway, Plainsboro, Sayreville, Old Bridge, or elsewhere in Middlesex County, it is important that you retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer. If you would like to speak with a heroin defense attorney free of charge, please contact our Edison office at (732) 659-9600.
Possession of Heroin in New Jersey
The statute enumerating the penalties resulting from the possession of heroin, along with other “hard” drugs (N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10) is listed below, in pertinent part, for your convenience.
a. It is unlawful for any person, knowingly or purposely, to obtain, or to possess, actually or constructively, a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog, unless the substance was obtained directly, or pursuant to a valid prescription or order form from a practitioner, while acting in the course of his professional practice, or except as otherwise authorized by P.L.1970, c.226. Any person who violates this section with respect to:
(1) A controlled dangerous substance, or its analog, classified in Schedule I, II, III or IV other than those specifically covered in this section, is guilty of a crime of the third degree except that, notwithstanding the provisions of subsection b. of N.J.S.A. 2C:43-3, a fine of up to $ 35,000.00 may be imposed;
As illustrated in the above statute, possession of heroin is classified as a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance and is therefore a third degree indictable crime. If convicted, you will face 3 – 5 years in prison and along with other potential punishments that include court-order supervision, drug testing, community service, probation, suspension of your driver license, and thousands in fines. Moreover, there are additional penalties if you were arrested within 500 feet of Public Park or Housing or in School Zone, or if the State claims there was Intent to Distribute Heroin.
Contact a Sayreville NJ Possession of Heroin Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Heroin charges can be very complicated to handle successfully. Often, there are issues that must be litigated by an experienced criminal lawyer. These can include issues such as “constructive possession” or suppression concerns such as inadequate probable cause or an illegal search and seizure. As founding attorney, Will Proetta has handled a vast number of criminal and municipal court cases, many of which involve heroin charges. We work diligently with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office in securing admittance into Pre-Trial Intervention to avoid a record, obtaining a waiver into Drug Court to avoid state prison, or work out a downgrade and remand. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you build a defense strategy customized to the facts of your case to meet your needs, please contact our office to schedule a free initial consultation with a Middlesex County heroin lawyer at (732) 659-9600.