Crystal Meth Charges Attorney in Somerset County

Have you been charged with the possession of methamphetamine in Somerset or Hunterdon County? If so, it is crucial that you speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Both Somerset and Hunterdon County are well known for being tough on crime and prosecuting most to the fullest extent of the law. As you will see below, methamphetamine possession charges will be considered a third degree felony offense in New Jersey. Which means if convicted, a Defendant will not only be saddled with a felony criminal record but will be facing a five (5) year prison sentence as well. If the Defendant is alleged to have been distributing, manufacturing or possessing the methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, the penalties drastically increase, all the way up to a twenty (20) year prison sentence. In addition, based on the current bail reform, a Defendant charged with either possessing or distributing methamphetamine’s, may be detained in the Somerset County jail, pending trial, without bail. But before that can happen, the prosecution must file for and be successful at what is known as a Detention Hearing. To speak to one of our Somerset County criminal defense lawyers about Detention Hearings and your options then please contact us at 908-533-1064.

At Keith Oliver Criminal Law, our criminal defense lawyers defend clients accused of crimes like the possession of crystal meth, the distribution of heroin, the possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, the possession of cocaine or the possession of marijuana in courts throughout Somerset and Hunterdon County. Our criminal defense attorneys are well aware of what a felony drug conviction, let alone a lengthy jail sentence can do to someone’s life. As such, we are dedicated to aggressively challenging the evidence presented against our clients in order to resolve their case favorable. If you would like to come into our office for a free consultation with one of our criminal defense attorneys then please contact us at 908-533-1064. We defend clients in courts throughout towns like Raritan, South Bound Brook, BridgewaterBound BrookHillsboroughReadington, Somerville, Manville, Flemington, Clinton, North Plainfield and Watchung. If you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Possession of Crystal Meth Lawyer in Hunterdon County NJ

Being charged with a criminal offense like the possession of methamphetamine’s is a very serious criminal offense in New Jersey and should not be taken lightly. Methamphetamine’s are also known as Crystal Meth, Crystal, Ice, Glass, Crank, Meth and Speed. All possession of crystal meth charges will be governed by NJSA 2C:35-10a(1), which is the same section of the criminal code that covers most other drug offenses in New Jersey.  All crystal meth possession charges will be considered third degree felony offenses in New Jersey. That is regardless of whether the Defendant possessed a trace amount or a five grams, provided the quantity was less than 1/2 ounce. If the Defendant possessed more than a couple grams more likely than not they will be charged with the possession of crystal meth with the intent to distribute. For more information on crystal meth distribution charges, please see below.

If convicted of possessing methamphetamine’s in New Jersey, a Defendant will be facing the following penalties.

Charge Degree Penalties
Possession of Methamphetamine 3rd Degree Felony Provided the Amount is Less Than ½ Ounce
  • 5 Years in Prison
  • $35,000 Fine
  • Felony Record


Charged with the Distribution of Crystal Meth NJ?

If the Defendant is charged with distributing crystal meth, possessing crystal meth with the intent to distribute or the manufacturing crystal meth in New Jersey, they will be facing either a first, second or third degree felony offense. The quantity of the crystal meth possessed will dictate what degree a Defendant is charged with. With that being said, if the incident occurs within a school zone or a public park then Defendant will be facing additional charges as well. Here is chart that breaks down the potential penalties and what separates the degrees

Degree Quantity Possessed Penalties
1st Degree More than 5 Ounces
  • 20 Years Prison
  • $200,000 Fine
  • Felony Record
2nd Degree More than ½ Once But Less Than 1 Ounce
  • 10 Years Prison
  • $150,000 Fine
  • Felony Record
3rd Degree Less than ½ Ounce
  • 5 Years Prison
  • $35,000 Fine
  • Felony Record


Franklin NJ Crystal Meth Lawyer

If you have been arrested and charged with a criminal offense like the distribution of marijuana, the possession of heroin, the distribution of cocaine or unlawful possession of a weapon in Somerset County, the Keith Oliver Criminal Law can help. Our office understands that no two clients let alone no two cases are the same. As such, we take a tremendous amount of pride in being able to adapt our representation in order to obtain a favorable outcome for our clients. If you would like discuss your options with one of our criminal defense attorneys, then please contact us at 908-533-1064. We can go over the specifics of your case and formulate a game plan that works best to suit your needs. We serve all of Somerset and Hunterdon County, including towns like WatchungBound Brook, Somerville, Flemington, Bedminster, Bernards, Manville, Bridgewater, Montgomery and Far Hills.