Maintaining a CDS Production Facility – N.J.S.A. 2C:35-4
Trenton NJ Drug Production Facility Attorney
One of the most serious Mercer County drug offenses an individual can face in Trenton is maintaining a CDS Production Facility. This violation is a first degree crime, the highest grade of offense in the state, and carries the possibility of decades of imprisonment. This law targets those who manufacture, grow and produce controlled dangerous substances like MDMA, cocaine, heroin and even marijuana.Whether you were arrested for allegedly maintaining a heroin production facility in Hamilton Township, a hydroponic marijuana growing location in Princeton, producing methamphetamine in Ewing or were charged under some other scenario, you absolutely need a skilled attorney to defend you. Our Trenton Criminal Defense Attorneys have over a century of combined experience defending drug production facility charges at the Mercer County Superior Court. Lawyer on our staff are available around the clock to discuss cases like yours and initial consultations are free. Call us at 609–683–8102 to speak to one of our attorneys now.
Mercer County Offense For Operating a Drug Production Facility
A drug distribution offense can be significantly more complicated when it involves operating a drug production facility in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-4. This law applies to facilities used to produce any Schedule I or II CDS and also the following drugs specifically:
methamphetamine, lysergic acid diethylamide, phencyclidine, gamma hydroxybutyrate, flunitrazepam, methamphetamine, lysergic acid diethylamide, phencyclidine, gamma hydroxybutyrate, flunitrazepam, marijuana in an amount greater than five pounds or ten plants.
In terms of what constitutes “operating”, the law extends to anyone who maintains, operates, aids or promotes a CDS production facility. Someone maintains a premises when there is continuity in use of a place on more than one occasion to manufacture drugs (e.g. owner of property, tenant, etc.). The charge also applies to those who knowingly aid, promote or finances an operation.
Enhanced Fine. The normal fine for a first degree drug distribution offense is enhanced to a maximum of $750,000 or five times the street value of the CDS.
Prison Term & Period of Parole Ineligibility. Although the prison term for this charge remains at 10-20 years, 2C:35-4 triggers a period of parole ineligibility that must be set at between one-third and one-half of the sentence imposed. A defendant must serve this minimum term before they may be considered for parole.
Impact of Prior Record & Distribution Charges. It is important to keep in mind that this offense applies in addition to whatever distribution violation is also filed. You are also subject to sentencing in accordance with the Brimage Guidelines if this would constitute your second or subsequent conviction for distributing CDS.
Lawrence Township Drug Production Facility Defense Lawyers
A drug production facility charge is clearly one of the most serious cds violations someone get arrested for in Lawrence Township or anywhere else in Mercer County. The importance of hiring an experience criminal attorney should be obvious given these stakes. The defense lawyers at Marshall & Bonus make up one of the largest and most experienced staffs in the state. If you would like a free initial consultation with a lawyer immediately, contact our Lawrence Office. We represent clients like you throughout Mercer County including those receiving a cds production facility offense in West Windsor, Hightstown, Robbinsville and East Windsor. To obtain a consultation with one of our attorneys immediately, call 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.