Ewing Township Drug Possession Attorney
Charged With Possession of CDS in Ewing New Jersey
Possession of a controlled dangerous substance (“CDS”) is a criminal offense. If you are charged with the possession of marijuana, cocaine or another illegal drug, hiring a skilled attorney is a step in the right direction to protecting your future. The team of criminal lawyers at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have more than 100 years of combined legal experience representing clients arrested for possession of cds and drugs in Ewing New Jersey and elsewhere in Mercer County. With this experience, our attorney are well equipped to provide you with an effective legal defense strategy for your case. To speak to a lawyer anytime 24/7 without charge, call 609–683–8102.
Controlled dangerous substances are grouped into five categories known as schedules. A drug’s schedule is determined by its medical value and its potential for abuse by users. The charge an individual faces for drug possession under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10 depends on the drug’s schedule and in some cases, the amount of the drug the individual possessed. Individuals found in possession of drugs in school zones and those with the intent to sell the drugs face additional penalties. The bullet points that follow provide some basic information regarding common drug possession charges in Ewing.
- Marijuana. Possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana is a disorderly persons offense. The penalties for this offense are up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana is a fourth degree crime. The penalties one faces for this conviction are a jail term of up to 18 months and a fine of up to $25,000.
- Cocaine. The possession of any amount of cocaine in New Jersey is a third degree crime. Individuals convicted of this offense face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $35,000.
- Heroin. Like cocaine, heroin possession is a third degree crime. Individuals found guilty of heroin possession face three to five years in prison and fines of up to $35,000.
- Prescription Drugs. Certain controlled substances are legal to possess with a valid prescription. These include Vicodin and Ritalin. If an individual possesses four or fewer doses of the drug, he or she faces a disorderly persons offense charge. For this conviction, the individual faces up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. For five or more doses, the individual faces a fourth degree crime charge, the penalties for which are incarceration for up to 18 months and a fine of up to $10,000.
- MDMA. Possession of MDMA, also known as Ecstasy or Molly, is a third degree crime.
Controlled Dangerous Substances in a Motor Vehicle
If an individual is charged with possessing drugs while in a motor vehicle, he or she can face an additional charge. This is a motor vehicle offense that is charged in addition to the drug possession charge the individual faces. The penalties for this offense are a $50 fine and a driver’s license suspension for two years.
Jurisdiction. If your cds possession charge involves a disorderly persons offense, your case will be heard in Ewing Municipal Court at at 2 Jake Garzio Drive, Ewing, NJ 08628. Indictable crimes of the fourth, third, second and first degree are outside the authority of the municipal court. If you were charged with a third degree crime such as possession of heroin, cocaine or MDMA in Ewing, your case will be heard at the Mercer County Superior Court.
Ewing NJ CDS Possession Lawyers
The team of criminal defense lawyers at our firm has decades of experience defending everything from the most complex drug charge to basic marijuana cases involving possession of 50 grams or less. If you face any variety of drug/cds possession, we definitely have the knowledge to protect your interests. To speak to an attorney immediately in a free consultation, contact us any time of day or night. A lawyer is available now to assist you at 609–683–8102.
We serve clients throughout Mercer County, New Jersey — including Trenton, Hamilton, Princeton Borough, West Windsor, East Windsor, Lawrence Township, Robbinsville, Hightstown, Princeton Township, Ewing and Hopewell — and surrounding areas, including Hunterdon County and Burlington County.