Atlantic City Criminal Lawyer Represents Individuals Charged with Cocaine-Related Drug Crimes in New Jersey
Cocaine use is high in the Garden State, and law enforcement is struggling to eradicate the problem. In their efforts to reduce the distribution of narcotics in New Jersey, innocent individuals often get caught in the mix. Similarly, it is not uncommon for charges to get “trumped up” when an individual is caught with even an extremely small amount of cocaine. The severity of cocaine charges in New Jersey are based on many factors, and the penalties are accordingly severe. The bottom line: New Jersey is tough on drugs.
If you have been charged with cocaine possession or distribution, you need a lawyer who not only has extensive experience successfully defending drug charges, but one who understands the complexities of laws surrounding cocaine possession and distribution. And, you need to hire someone immediately: a seasoned, skilled drug crimes defense lawyer who knows New Jersey laws and will fight aggressively for your rights. Contact Atlantic City, NJ criminal lawyer John W. Tumelty today for a free consultation about your cocaine possession or other drug charges.
Penalties for Atlantic and Cape May County Cocaine Charges are Serious & Severe
You don’t have to get caught with a large quantity of cocaine to end up in prison. Even less than half an ounce of the drug is a third degree crime and carries fines of up to $75,000. Charges increase with quantity, as well as with intent. For example, if the courts are convinced that you intended to sell the cocaine in your possession, prison time and fines can more than double. Possible penalties for cocaine charges are listed below:
- Possession of less than half an ounce: Up to five years imprisonment and fines of up to $35,000
- Possession with intent to Distribute (less than half an ounce): Up to five years imprisonment and fines of up to $75,000
- Possession of half an ounce to five ounces: Up to 10 years imprisonment
- Possession of more than five ounces: Up to 20 years imprisonment and fines of up to $500,000
- Selling in a School Zone: Enhanced penalties and fines of up to $150,000
Seasoned NJ Cocaine Charge Defense Lawyer Fights for Alternative Sentencing to Keep You Out of Jail
A rehabilitation program is often a much better solution for drug offenders than time behind bars. However, the courts are inundated with drug cases and do not have the time or resources to assess each individual’s eligibility for this type of program. Without the right legal representation, you are much more likely to end up in prison than in a program that may get you the help you need. If you are facing cocaine charges in Atlantic or Cape May counties, Mr. Tumelty will use his knowledge of the system to protect your rights and your freedom.
For example, you may be eligible for Pre-Trial Intervention or Drug Court. Mr. Tumelty has over 30 years of experience defending all kinds of criminal charges and he has successfully defended countless cocaine cases during that time. In addition, his experience as a former prosecutor gives Mr. Tumelty insight into the prosecution’s tactics. If he can negotiate on your behalf to get you into an alternative sentencing option, rest assured he will work tirelessly on your behalf to protect your rights and freedom.
If You Have Been Charged with Cocaine Possession or Distribution, Contact an Experienced Attorney Today
Penalties for cocaine charges in New Jersey are not to be taken lightly. If you have been charged with possession or distribution, it is in your best interest to find skilled legal representation immediately. There is no substitute for experience when it comes to drug charges. The right lawyer will work tirelessly to keep you out of prison. John W. Tumelty has the drug court experience, skill and knowledge you need to obtain the best outcome possible for your specific situation. He will use his 30 years of experience to put you in the best light in the eyes of the court.
Mr. Tumelty serves clients in Atlantic City, Cape May, Wildwood, Little Egg Harbor, Ocean Township and throughout New Jersey.Contact our firm today for a free consultation by phone or in one of his two conveniently located offices in Atlantic City or Marmora, NJ.