What Happens After You Get Charged with Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute in New Jersey?

Possession with Intent to Distribute in New Jersey?

More often than not, simply getting caught with any type of drugs on your person, even recreational marijuana, can land you a drug possession with intent to distribute charge in New Jersey. How? Law enforcement officials may not have any solid evidence that you did, in fact, intend to distribute, but that won’t stop them from increasing the severity of the charges against you. 

Fortunately, you have two of the leading criminal lawyers in Hamilton Township, NJ, and the surrounding areas, ready to help and by your side! Should you ever find yourself in hot water with New Jersey police and get charged with drug possession with intent to distribute, please contact our office immediately. We will begin working on your case right away to get the charges dropped or reduced!

The Law

The New Jersey statute 2C:35-5 dictates that it is unlawful to purposely manufacture, distribute, or hold with intent to distribute any controlled dangerous substance or counterfeit controlled dangerous substance. 

The following is a short (not all-inclusive) list of what is considered to be a controlled dangerous substance in New Jersey:

  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Prescription drugs
  • Methamphetamine
  • Marijuana
  • Ecstasy or MDMA

The Penalties

If you are convicted of possession with intent to distribute, your punishment will be determined based on what drugs you were carrying at the time of the arrest and their quantity. Depending on what dangerous controlled substance you’re holding onto, you may be convicted of anything from a petty disorderly persons offense to a first-degree crime. As a result, you may be subject to jail time, fines, and drug treatment and rehabilitation programs. 

The Defense

It’s a scary feeling to be charged with drug possession with intent to distribute, especially if the drugs were solely for your own recreational purposes. During these troubling times, it’s important to remember that you are not alone! 

Our esteemed attorneys have been practicing criminal law in Monmouth County and throughout NJ for more than a decade. When you need a lawyer that has your best interest at heart and vows to fight aggressively to get your charge dropped or reduced, you need not look further than our team!

Contact us today to schedule a consultation.