North Plainfield NJ Drug Possession Defense Attorney
Have you been arrested in the Borough of North Plainfield and charged with a drug offense? Was it for the possession of marijuana? The distribution of heroin? The possession of drug paraphernalia? Was it within a 1000 feet of a school? If so, we strongly urge that you speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Understanding all your options and any potential defenses is absolutely crucial to mounting a successful defense. As you will see below, depending on the degree of drug charge, an individual could be facing a lengthy prison term, fines in excess of $35,000, court mandated drug treatment, probation and even a two year loss of license. If you would like to speak to one of the criminal defense attorneys at Keith Oliver Criminal Law about your options, then please contact our office at 908-533-1064.
Arrested for Possessing Marijuana in North Plainfield?
Contrary to public opinion, marijuana is still illegal in New Jersey. In fact, possession of marijuana under 50 grams is probably still one of the most common criminal offenses issued in New Jersey. N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(4), which is the governing statute for possession of marijuana under 50 grams is considered a disorderly persons offense. This is New Jersey’s version of a misdemeanor. Anyone charged with this offense will be forced to litigate the charges in the North Plainfield Municipal Court. If convicted of this offense an individual will be facing up to six months in the Somerset County Jail, a fine up to $1,000, fees and assessments nearing $800, probation, community service as well up to a two year loss of license. As you can see, this is not something to take lightly. For more information on marijuana possession charges in North Plainfield, please click the link.
Facing Heroin Possession Charges in North Plainfield?
It is no secret that New Jersey has been battling a heroin epidemic for the better part of the last decade. As one would imagine, law enforcement has been aggressively investigating anyone they believe is either using and/or distributing heroin and as follows, these individuals are being prosecuted as well. Unfortunately, the Borough of North Plainfield has not been immune to this epidemic and as a result they tend to see there fair share of heroin related arrests each year. Heroin possession is considered a third degree indictable offense in New Jersey. Since it is an indictable offense, anyone arrested for this charge will need to have their case transferred to the Somerset County Superior Court in Somerville for disposition. Anyone convicted of this offense will be facing up to five years in prison, a fine up to $35,000, fees and assessments nearing $1,500, community service, probation as well as a two year loss of license. For more information on heroin related charges in Somerset County, including potential defense, please click the link.
Arrested by North Plainfield Police for Possessing Cocaine?
Cocaine possession related arrests have certainly been on the rise throughout New Jersey, including throughout Somerset County over the last few years. Anyone arrested and charged with possessing cocaine in North Plainfield will have their case transferred to the Somerset County Superior Court for disposition as opposed to litigating it in the North Plainfield Municipal Court since it is considered a third degree indictable offense. If convicted of possessing cocaine in New Jersey, the individual will be facing up to five years in a State Prison, a fine up to $35,000, fees and assessments nearing $1,500, probation, community service, court mandated drug treatment as well as a two year loss of license. Depending on their criminal history and circumstances surrounding the case, they may be eligible for either the Pretrial Intervention Program or Drug Court. These are two different diversionary programs in New Jersey but each of them could help the individual avoid State Prison. For more information on cocaine possession charges in North Plainfield, please click the link.
Arrested for Possessing a THC Vape Pen in North Plainfield?
THC Vape Pens have become by far one of the most common drug related charges issued in New Jersey over the last couple years. For the most part, individuals charged with possession of a THC vape pen will see themselves being prosecuted under the traditional possession of marijuana under 50 grams statute. This will mean that their charges will be sent to the North Plainfield Municipal Court for disposition, that is provided the arrest occurred within the borough. However, since the THC is considered a synthetic cannabinoid, they could be charged under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5.3c “Obtaining, possessing synthetic cannabinoid”, which is actually considered a fourth degree indictable offense. If the individual is charged under this subsection, their case will need to be transferred to the Somerset County Superior Court for disposition. If convicted under this subsection, the individual will be facing up to eighteen months in a State Prison, a fine up to $15,000, fees and assessments nearing $1,200, community service, probation as well as a two year loss of license.
Need a Local Lawyer for a Drug Charge in North Plainfield
Regardless of whether you have been charged with the possession of marijuana under 50 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of prescription drugs, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute or any other offense for that matter in North Plainfield, the Keith Oliver Criminal Law can help. Our attorneys have been defending those accused of drug related offenses for our entire careers. We fully understand what a drug conviction can do to one’s life. If you would like to set up a free initial consultation today, please contact our Bridgewater office at 908-533-1064. One of our attorneys would be glad to go over the specifics of your case and formulate a game plan that works best. If you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us.