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Drug Possession Attorney in Bergen County
Arrested for Possession? Call (201) 574-7919.
Too often, we get inquiries from people who have made the mistake of minimizing the importance of a citation for illegal drug possession. We get phone calls after the fact — when the caller has been refused a job offer or federal financial aid, or has been arrested on a second drug offense and is facing much more serious penalties.
The hard truth about drug possession charges is that they should always be treated seriously. This is true whether the arrest is for marijuana possession or for possession of other illegal drugs like cocaine, methamphetamines (meth) or prescription narcotics. As criminal defense lawyers, we have a much better chance of preventing or minimizing the long-term negative consequences of a drug possession conviction if we get involved as soon as possible.
Fight Back Against Drug Possession Charges
At the criminal defense law office of Brickfield & Donahue, Mr. Brickfield and Mr. Donahue are both former criminal prosecutors with decades' of experience working in New Jersey's criminal courts. We have extensive experience handling serious criminal cases in and around Bergen County, and we believe in using independent investigation and strategic analysis to build strong defenses on behalf of our clients.
If you or someone you know is facing drug possession charges, contact our law firm today to schedule a consultation.
We examine police evidence, interview witnesses and often conduct an independent investigation to answer questions important to defense of a drug possession charge, including:
- Did the police have reasonable cause to search your car, your home or your person?
- Did any other people have access to your car, house or clothing? In other words, is it reasonably possible that the drugs found belong to someone else?
- Did the police accurately calculate the amount of drugs seized? Amounts have a strong impact on the type of criminal charge and the difference between being charged with simple drug possession and possession with intent to distribute.
- If the drugs found were prescription narcotics without a valid prescription, is there a reasonable explanation?
These and other important questions will help us build the strongest possible defense for your unique case of drug possession charges.
Drug Paraphernalia Charges and Penalties in New Jersey
New Jersey residents who are charged with drug possession may also face charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. People facing such violations might have questions about what accusations against them substantiate paraphernalia charges and what additional penalties they may face if they are convicted of possession of paraphernalia. The Department of Justice describes drug paraphernalia as anything that people utilize to use, produce or hide illegal drugs.
Common examples of paraphernalia are:
- Roach clips
- Cocaine freebase kits
Many items marketed for use with tobacco, such as water pipes or cigarette papers, can also be used to consume drugs. In addition, products marketed as concealed stash boxes or pipes are often considered paraphernalia.
People who are accused of possessing or using drug paraphernalia in New Jersey are typically charged with Disorderly Persons offenses. These charges are similar to misdemeanors and carry a jail term of up to six months. People convicted of paraphernalia charges may also be ordered to pay a fine of up to $1,000. Selling paraphernalia is a felony that carries a term of imprisonment between three and five years and a fine of up to $15,000.
Contact Our Bergen County Criminal Defense Law Firm
The earlier you hire a criminal defense lawyer to help you, the better chance your attorney has at minimizing the negative consequences — and possibly avoiding a conviction altogether. To schedule a private consultation with one of our experienced River Edge criminal law attorneys, call (201) 574-7919 or contact us online.
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