Drug Offenses

All drug offenses include large fines, "assessments", and drivers' license suspensions.

Simple Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (other than Marijuana) is typically a third degree crime. "Possession" includes any trace amount or residue remaining in any paraphernalia. Penalties include 3 to 5 years in prison.

Possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, or being under the influence of a CDS, is a Disorderly Persons Offense and includes up to 6 months in jail, a $1000 fine, assessments, and DL suspension.

Distribution Offenses include the sale, manufacture, and possession with intent to distribute CDS. This includes any distribution like sharing or passing a joint. Less than 1/2 ounce of heroin or cocaine is a Third Degree Crime with a fine of up to $150,000 and 3 to 5 years in prison, or both. Larger amounts increase the Degree and sentence.

Distribution near school property is a separate offense that includes mandatory periods of parole ineligibility. A second distribution offenses mandatorily doubles the length of incarceration.

Drug offenses represent the majority of the criminal court calendar. If you are charged with any of these offenses you need an attorney with the experience to challenge the State's case against you (including the legality any stop and search).

You also need an attorney who can resolve your case most favorably. For example, diversion to Drug Court can avoid mandatory incarceration. However, it may not be the best way. Mr. Pintaro has the experience necessary to give you the best options in your case. Contact our firm to set up an appointment.