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Edison NJ Marijuana Distribution Lawyer

Intent to Distribute Marijuana Attorneys in Middlesex County, New Jersey

Middlesex County NJ Marijuana Distribution LawyersNew Jersey takes distribution of marijuana, as well as intent to distribute marijuana crimes, very seriously. The penalties for distribution of marijuana depend upon the quantity of marijuana involved. The amount of the drug on-hand at the time of arrest is the ultimate indicator of the degree of the crime. Sentences can include mandatory prison, court ordered drug counseling, probation, loss of license, and thousands of dollars in monetary penalties. William A. Proetta, Esq., is a Middlesex County criminal defense attorney who has been representing clients throughout New Jersey for years who have been charged with marijuana distribution, cocaine possession and prescription drug crimes. Drug crimes are often accompanied by complicated suppression issues such as probable cause for the stop, search and seizure of evidence, reliability of informants, and proper indexing and testing of substances found. As a result, skilled and experience legal representation is an absolute MUST. We represent clients who have been charged with marijuana distribution throughout Middlesex County, including in New Brunswick, Rutgers University, Edison, Highland Park, Plainsboro and South Amboy. Give us a call today at (732) 659-9600  for a free consultation with a Middlesex County marijuana distribution lawyer.

Marijuana Distribution and Intent to Distribute N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5

Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute is governed by N.J.S.A 2C:35-5, which is provided in pertinent part for your convenience:

§ 2C:35-5. Manufacturing, distributing or dispensing marijuana 

a. Except as authorized by P.L. 1970, c. 226, it shall be unlawful for any person knowingly or purposely:

(1) To manufacture, distribute or dispense, or to possess or have under his control with intent to manufacture, distribute or dispense, a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog; or

(2) To create, distribute, or possess or have under his control with intent to distribute, a counterfeit controlled dangerous substance.

b. Any person who violates subsection a. with respect to:

(10) (a) Marijuana in a quantity of 25 pounds or more including any adulterants or dilutants, or 50 or more marijuana plants, regardless of weight, or hashish in a quantity of five pounds or more including any adulterants or dilutants, is guilty of a crime of the first degree. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection a. of N.J.S.A. 2C:43-3, a fine of up to $ 300,000.00 may be imposed;

(b) Marijuana in a quantity of five pounds or more but less than 25 pounds including any adulterants or dilutants, or 10 or more but fewer than 50 marijuana plants, regardless of weight, or hashish in a quantity of one pound or more but less than five pounds, including any adulterants and dilutants, is guilty of a crime of the second degree;

(11) Marijuana in a quantity of one ounce or more but less than five pounds including any adulterants or dilutants, or hashish in a quantity of five grams or more but less than one pound including any adulterants or dilutants, 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 $ 25,000.00 may be imposed;

(12) Marijuana in a quantity of less than one ounce including any adulterants or dilutants, or hashish in a quantity of less than five grams including any adulterants or dilutants, is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.

Degree of Marijuana Distribution Charges in New Jersey

4th DegreeLess than an ounce of marijuanaUp to 18 months in state prison
3rd DegreeMore than an ounce but less than 5 pounds of marijuanaBetween 3 – 5 years in state prison
2nd DegreeMore than 5 lbs but less than 25 lbs of marijuana; 11 – 49 marijuana plants5 – 10 years state prison with presumption of incarceration
1st Degree25 lbs or more; 50 or more marijuana plants10 – 20 years state prison with presumption of incarceration

In addition to these above penalties, a defendant will face enhanced penalties for Distribution of Marijuana in a School Zone or within 500 feet of a Park or Public Housing.

Contact a Piscataway NJ Intent to Distribute Marijuana Attorney for a Free Consultation

Hiring an experienced criminal lawyer in the early stages of your case plays a crucial role in your chances of having your charge downgraded, avoiding a criminal record by securing your admittance into Pre-Trial Intervention, or admittance into Drug Court to avoid a state prison sentence. An example of such negotiations is obtaining a waiver from the prosecutor to separate the aggregate weight accumulated over several purchases in order to get the charge downgraded. Our office represents clients for distribution of marijuana in Cranbury, Piscataway, South Plainfield, Colonia, Helmetta, SayrevilleEast Brunswick, and across Middlesex County. If you would like to discuss the facts of your case and build a case strategy designed to meet your needs, then contact our office at (732) 659-9600 to speak with a marijuana distribution attorney absolutely free.