Drug related offenses are considered to be serious crimes in New Jersey. Even possession of a small amount of narcotics for personal use can result in several years’ incarceration, while engaging in the manufacture or distribution of drugs can lead to a decade or more in prison and the imposition of substantial fines. In addition, having a drug-related conviction on your record can have long-lasting negative impacts on your life, including restricting you from certain kinds of employment, licensing, or government benefits, or even just making it difficult to secure a job, housing, or educational opportunities. When you are facing charges for a drug crime, your freedom and future are at stake. You need a knowledgeable Paterson drug charges lawyer who can help you protect your rights and interests.
With Camili & Capo, PA, you can trust that Krenar Camili, Esq. and his law partner Joseph Capo, Esq. will utilize their years of experience to develop the best possible defense strategy for your case. As a former prosecutor, Krenar Camili, Esq. knows how prosecutors build drug cases against defendants and can identify points of weakness in the case against you that may help you to secure a reduction or dismissal of your charges or an acquittal at trial. Krenar Camili, Esq. and Joseph Capo, Esq. have litigated many complex criminal cases before juries, so they have the confidence and willingness to take your case to trial when it represents the best chance at securing the most favorable outcome for you in your case.
Contact Camili & Capo, PA today for a free initial case review to discuss your options and next steps for facing your drug charges with an aggressive criminal defense attorney that will fight to protect your freedom and future from the harsh consequences of a conviction on serious drug offenses.
New Jersey law makes it illegal for any person to purposely or knowingly obtain or possess, actively or constructively, any controlled substances unless obtained via a valid prescription. Possession of narcotics, unauthorized prescriptions, or other illegal controlled dangerous substances constitutes a third-degree crime in New Jersey, which carries a potential sentence of up to five years in prison and possibly thousands of dollars in fines.
It is also illegal in New Jersey to possess drug paraphernalia. Drug paraphernalia possession is charged as a disorderly person offense, which carries a potential sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of several hundred dollars.
New Jersey law also outlaws manufacturing, distribution, and possession with intent to distribute with respect to controlled substances. In New Jersey, manufacturing, trafficking, or selling narcotics and other illegal controlled substances constitute a very serious crime. These offenses are often charged as second and first degree crimes, which can result in imprisonment for up to a decade or two, along with mandatory minimum periods of incarceration. A court can also impose hefty fines for convictions for the manufacturing and distribution of drugs.
You don’t have to let an arrest for a drug crime ruin the rest of your life. Camili & Capo, PA is ready to fight on your behalf to pursue the best possible outcome to your case, including by:
When your rights and freedom are on the line, turn to an experienced and battle-tested Paterson drug charges lawyer who will work as hard as necessary to ensure you have the best possible defense to your drug offenses charges and anything that police or prosecutors may throw at your in your case.
If you’ve been charged with drug offenses, you may be facing serious consequences in the event of a conviction. Don’t leave your freedom and future to chance. Contact or call Camili & Capo, PA for a free, confidential consultation with a knowledgeable Paterson drug charges lawyer to learn more about your legal rights and options for defending yourself against these charges.
Possession of even a small amount of narcotics can carry a significant penalty, including up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. However, if you have no prior criminal history and have not been charged with a violent crime in addition to your drug possession charges, you may be eligible for entry into New Jersey’s drug court program, which is designed to help treat non-violent offenders with substance abuse addictions so that they can live productive, law-abiding lives. Successfully completing a drug court program may allow you to avoid incarceration for a drug possession charge.
Although you may believe that the police unlawfully searched your person, vehicle, or home, there are several legal exceptions that permit law enforcement to conduct a search without having first obtained a warrant. However, if the facts and circumstances of your case show that you may have been illegally searched, it may be possible to have any evidence found in that search excluded from your case. Excluding the state’s evidence can go a long way to securing a reduction or dismissal of your charge or obtaining an acquittal at trial.
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