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Heroin Distribution Lawyers in Mercer County NJ
The heroin epidemic that has been sweeping through Mercer County has only increased the urgency of the prosecutors to take as many individuals distributing heroin of the streets. Whether a Defendant has been charged with distributing heroin, possessing heroin with the intent to distribute or manufacturing heroin, it is imperative that you seek the assistance of an experienced Mercer County criminal defense attorney. Depending on the degree, a Defendant charged with distributing heroin in Mercer County could be facing anywhere from a probationary sentence up to a twenty (20) year state prison sentence. As you will see below, the degree that a Defendant finds themselves being charged with will depend directly on two factors, the quantity of the drug seized and the location in which it was seized (i.e. school zone or park zone). If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug offense like possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute, possessing heroin, distributing heroin, possessing cocaine or being the leader of a drug trafficking network it is imperative that you speak to an experienced Mercer County drug lawyer.
The attorneys at Proetta & Oliver have represented countless Defendants charged with distributing heroin over the years. These can be rather complex cases and as such require the assistance of an experienced drug distribution defense attorney. Almost all drug charges stem from some form of a search and a seizure. This is where an experienced drug defense attorney can attack. If they are successful, the charges may ultimately be dismissed. If you would like to come into our office to have a face to face consultation with Mr. Oliver or one of the other attorneys on staff, then please contact us directly at (609)789-0779. Our office routinely appears in Courts throughout the County including the Hamilton Municipal Court, the Lawrence Municipal Court, the Ewing Municipal Court, the Hightstown Municipal Court, the Trenton Municipal Court, the Hopewell Municipal Court, the West Windsor Municipal Court and Mercer County Superior Court. Both of the firms founding partners, Mr. Oliver’s and Mr. Proetta’s careers have been solely dedicated to representing those arrested and charged with criminal offenses in New Jersey. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. We are available around the clock to help assist in any way possible. Now here is a breakdown in the different degrees of heroin distribution charges in New Jersey.
Heroin Distribution Charges in Trenton NJ
The governing statute in New Jersey for distributing heroin is N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5. Pursuant to the statute, a Defendant could be charged with either possessing heroin with the intent to distribute, distributing heroin or manufacturing heroin. Here is a breakdown of the different offenses.
Distributing Heroin Charges in NJ:
- To be convicted of distributing heroin in New Jersey the prosecution would need to prove that the Defendant knowingly or purposely distributed heroin to another on the day in question.
Possessing Heroin with the Intent to Distribute Charges in NJ:
- To be convicted of possessing heroin with the intent to distribute the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Defendant knowingly or purposely possessed or had under their control heroin with the intent to distribute it to another on the day in question.
Manufacturing Heroin: Charges in NJ:
- To be convicted of possessing heroin with the intent to distribute the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Defendant knowingly or purposely manufactured heroin on the day in question. Manufacturing has been defined as “the production, preparation, propagation, compounding, conversion or processing of a controlled dangerous substance .., either directly or by extraction from substances or natural origin, or independently by means of chemical synthesis, or by a combination of extraction and chemical synthesis, and includes any packaging or repackaging of the substance or labeling or re-labeling of its contained”
As you can tell these are three separate offenses covered under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5. If you have been arrested and charged with one of these offenses in Mercer County in towns like Hamilton, Lawrenceville, Ewing, West Windsor, East Windsor, Trenton, Hopewell, Pennington and Hightstown we can help. For a free consultation today, please contact us at (609)789-0779. Now here is a breakdown the degrees of heroin distribution offenses.
What are the Penalties for Distributing Heroin in NJ?
Penalties for a 1st Degree Felony Heroin Distribution Charge:
To be charged with a first degree felony heroin distribution charge, the Defendant must have possessed over five (5) ounces of heroin. If convicted, a Defendant faces anywhere from ten to twenty years in a New Jersey State Prison, a fine up to $200,000 and a felony criminal record. A Defendant charged under this section would not be eligible for Drug Court and Pretrial intervention.
Penalties for a 2nd Degree Felony Heroin Distribution Charge:
To be charged with a second degree felony heroin distribution charge, the Defendant must have possessed over a ½ ounces of heroin but less than 5 ounces. If convicted, a Defendant faces anywhere from five to ten years in a New Jersey State Prison, a fine up to $150,000 and a felony criminal record. A Defendant may be eligible for both Drug Court and the Pretrial Intervention Program.
Penalties for a 3rd Degree Felony Heroin Distribution Charge:
To be charged with a third degree felony heroin distribution charge, the Defendant must have possessed less than a ½ ounces of heroin. If convicted, a Defendant faces anywhere from three to five in a New Jersey State Prison, a fine up to $35,000 and a felony criminal record. A Defendant may be eligible for both Drug Court and the Pretrial Intervention Program.
Heroin Distribution Defense Lawyer in Hamilton NJ
As you can tell from reading above, these are very serious charges and ones that should not be taken lightly. The ramifications if convicted, even of a third degree felony, could be life changing. If you have been charged with distributing heroin, possessing heroin, possessing crystal meth, possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute or possessing marijuana in Mercer County, the Law Offices of Proetta & Oliver can help. If you would like to come into our office for a free initial consultation then please contact us (609)789-0779. We fully understand that being charged with a criminal offense can be extremely stressful, so if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us.