New Brunswick NJ Steroid Defense Lawyers
Attorneys for Steroid Possession & Distribution in Middlesex County, New Jersey
Steroids are used for many purposes and some have legitimate medical uses. However, the illicit use of anabolic steroids, which are classified as a Schedule III controlled dangerous substance (CDS) under N.J.S.A. 24:21-7, can lead to a criminal record and even jail time in New Jersey. If you have been charged with possession of steroids or intent to distribute steroids, you should contact an experienced drug defense lawyer for legal assistance. The penalties associated with steroids charges in New Jersey can be detrimental to your life now and in the future. At Proetta & Oliver, our drug defense attorneys have extensive experience defending clients arrested and charged with having illegal steroids in Middlesex County, including in New Brunswick, Edison, Piscataway, East Brunswick, Metuchen, Woodbridge, and Carteret. For immediate help understanding your charges and what we can do to challenge their validity in court, contact our local office in Edison at (732) 659-9600. We offer consultations absolutely free of charge.
Steroids Possession Charges in NJ
New Jersey law prohibits possession of steroids, unless you have a valid prescription. These prohibited steroids include: Boldenone Chlorotestosterone, Clostebol, Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, Dihydrotestosterone, Ethylestrenol, Fluoxymesterone, Formebulone, Methandriol, Methandrostenolone, Oxandrolone, Oxymetholone, Stanolone, Testosterone, and any salt, ester, or isomer from one of the prohibited steroids that promotes muscle growth.
Under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10, it is illegal to possess any amount of steroids in New Jersey without a valid prescription from a licensed medical practitioner. If you are convicted of violating New Jersey Law regarding possession of steroids, you may face a sentence of between 3 and 5 years of imprisonment and fines as high as $35,000. If convicted of a third degree steroids possession crime, your driver’s license will also be revoked for a period of six months.
Intent to Distribute Steroids & Distribution in New Jersey
N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5 sets forth penalties for those convicted of distributing or possessing with the intent to distribute steroids. To be convicted of steroids distribution, you do not need to fall under the classic stereotype of a drug dealer. If you are giving out steroids to your friends, you can be charged with and convicted of drug distribution, depending on how many doses you have given away. The penalties for this offense vary depending on the number of pills involved.
Generally, if you are charged with distributing or possessing with intent to distribute most types of steroids, it is a third degree indictable offense, punishable by 3 to 5 years in prison and $35,000 in fines. These charges become more serious as the amount of dosage units increases, and may be enhanced to a second degree or first degree crime.
Additionally, if you are charged with distributing phencyclidine or PCP, the penalties you face are more severe. You can be charged with a second degree crime if you distribute less than 10 grams of PDP. This offense is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and with fines of up to $150,000. It is a first degree offense to distribute 10 grams or more of PCP and, if convicted of this offense, you can face up to 20 years in prison, with a minimum term of up to half your sentence with no chance of parole, as well as fines as high as $500,000.
Edison NJ Steroids Offense Lawyers
If you or a loved one is currently facing charges for having, sharing, or selling steroids in Middlesex County, do not attempt to take on these charges alone. It is very important to have an experienced drug defense lawyer who can help protect your interests. Our knowledgeable team of attorneys will ensure that every possible avenue toward a dismissal of your charges is pursued. Depending on the facts of your case, we may be able to make crucial objections to certain pieces of evidence if that evidence was obtained in violation of your rights, such as an unlawful search and seizure. Other possible defenses include that the steroids simply did not belong to you or, in the case of a distribution charge, that you lacked intent to distribute the steroids and they were for personal use only. Moreover, if you are a first time offender who has never participated in a diversionary program, you may be eligible for Pre-Trial Intervention. For a free consultation about your criminal charges for steroids, contact Proetta & Oliver today at (732) 659-9600 and we will be happy to review your case.
For additional information regarding anabolic steroids, how they are used, and potential side effects, please read the Drug Information provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.