Drug possession charges in New Jersey can be very severe. If you’re charged with possessing drugs or paraphernalia, you could face prison time. Your liberty is at stake, so make sure to hire an experienced lawyer to defend you. Drug charges can be beaten, and your chances are best if you have a good lawyer.
Possession of marijuana can carry a sentence of up to 3 years in prison, a $15,000 fine, a loss of your driver’s license, and mandatory rehab. Possession of harder drugs can result in up to 5 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Even just possessing paraphernalia can land you in prison for up to 6 months. Being a first-time offender doesn’t mean the prosecutors will go easy on you either. And regardless of your sentence, any drug conviction will end up on your criminal record, making it harder for you to find employment, housing, or credit. Bottom line: the stakes are high, so make sure you find a lawyer who will fight for you.
How do I beat a drug possession charge?
The prosecutor has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you knowingly possessed drugs. There are several ways we can make it harder for them to do that. You have Fourth Amendment rights, and if the police violated those rights when they searched you, a good lawyer can have the evidence suppressed, which could defeat the prosecutor’s entire case. Even if your rights weren’t violated, it’s also possible to beat the charge by proving you didn’t know about the drugs or they belonged to someone else. Both constitutional and factual arguments can be complicated, and your odds are best if you have a lawyer to make them for you.
Sometimes, prosecutors are also willing to negotiate charges down, especially if they know your lawyer can poke holes in their case. You may be able to avoid prison time by attending rehabilitation.
What should I do if I’ve been charged with drug possession?
If you’re facing drug charges, get a lawyer as soon as possible. This is critical because your best defense might be that the search was unconstitutional, and that argument needs to be made to the judge early on. Contact Rosenblum Law for a free consultation.