There are serious consequences for someone who is convicted of felony drug possession charges in New Jersey. The exact penalties for any controlled substance possession will vary based on the nature of the drug as well as the weight of the drug in the person’s possession. The drug possession laws in New Jersey are quite severe and a person who has been charged with simple possession of unauthorized prescription drugs could be hit with a third-degree indictable offense.
Substantial fines and penalties of prison for five years may apply. If a person is convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia, they could be looking at up to six months behind bars, suspension of their driver’s license for as long as two years, and fines of up to $1000. For charges of possession of any narcotics or a controlled dangerous substance, which include heroin, acid, ecstasy, methamphetamine, cocaine, GBH, hallucinogens, depressants, opioids or stimulants, prison for five years, fines as high as $25,000, mandatory rehabilitation and drug education programs and loss of driver’s license may apply.
For possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, a disorderly person’s offense may be applicable. This can lead to fines of up to $1000, drug rehabilitation, six months behind bars and loss of a driver’s license.
If a person is found guilty of possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana, this is a fourth-degree indictable criminal offense punished by fines of up to $15,000 and up to 18 months in prison. There are serious consequences that can apply to distribution, manufacture, or possession with the intent to distribute charges and if you believe that your case has been wrongfully elevated, or if the search and seizure rules were violated, you need to consult with an attorney immediately to put together a plan of comprehensive criminal defense strategy.
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