Heroin Charges Attorney Warren County NJ
Belvidere NJ Heroin Possession Charge Lawyers
If you are facing charges for possession of heroin or possession with intent to distribute heroin in Sussex or Warren County, the Tormey Law Firm’s defense attorneys who have defended countless drug cases in New Jersey are ready to fight for you. Heroin charges in New Jersey will be filed and prosecuted in the New Jersey Superior Court, Criminal Division in the county where the alleged offense occurred. Importantly, when it comes to possession of heroin, any amount at all will subject the defendant to a third degree crime for possession. As for charges of possession with intent to distribute heroin, the charges will range from third to first degree, depending on the amount of suspected heroin. Regardless of the degree, heroin crimes impose prison time, enhanced financial penalties, and even a loss of driver’s license. Thus, the first thing you should do after being charged with a heroin crime in Warren or Sussex County is call the heroin defense attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm. We represent clients in Sparta, Hackettstown, Phillipsburg, and Newton. Contact our offices now for immediate assistance at 973-755-1695. The initial consultation is always provided free of charge.
Possession of Heroin and Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute
The possession of any amount of heroin, even a trace amount is a third degree crime in New Jersey. In fact, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(1) sets forth that it is unlawful for any person, knowingly or purposely, to obtain, or to possess, actually or constructively, a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog, including heroin, unless the substance was obtained directly, or pursuant to a valid prescription or order form from a practitioner, while acting in the course of his professional practice, or except as otherwise authorized by law. When it comes to possession with intent to distribute heroin, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5(1) sets forth that it shall be unlawful for any person knowingly or purposely to manufacture, distribute or dispense, or to possess or have under his control with intent to manufacture, distribute or dispense, a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog, including heroin. Additionally, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5(2), it shall be unlawful for any person knowingly or purposely to create, distribute, or possess or have under his control with intent to distribute, a counterfeit controlled dangerous substance, including heroin.
Penalties for Heroin Charges in New Jersey
The penalties for heroin crimes in New Jersey are strict and the possession of any amount of heroin at all is a third degree crime punishable by a prison sentence of three to five years, an enhanced fine of up to $35,000, a drug enforcement and demand reduction penalty of $1,000, and a six-month to two-year driver’s license suspension. The penalties for possession with intent to distribute heroin depend on the amount of heroin: five ounces or more is a first degree crime punishable by ten to twenty years in prison, with mandatory minimum time without parole eligibility, and a fine of up to $500,000; one-half ounce or more but less than five ounces is a second degree crime punishable by up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000; and less than one-half ounce is a third degree crime punishable by three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $75,000. If you were arrested and charged with the possession of heroin or possession of heroin with intent to distribute in Sussex or Warren County, contact the drug defense attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm to take the first step in fighting the charges.