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New Jersey processes thousands of drug cases every year. Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties, with a combined population of more than one and half million people, processes a significant portion of New Jersey drug charges within its Municipal and Superior Courts. Importantly, Ocean County is within the throes of the so-called Heroin Epidemic that has taken the state by storm. In addition to a high volume of Heroin-related cases, there are also many arrests for drug charges that include Marijuana Possession and Distribution, Oxycontin Possession, Possession of CDS in a School Zone, CDS in a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and many others. The consequences for these crimes are serious and can lead to jail time, probation, a criminal record, steep fines, and a loss of driving privileges.
McGuckin Law can help you defend your case. We represents clients facing theft and fraud related charges in Ocean County that include:
McGuckin Law aggressively defends clients charged with the above types of theft. We utilize a targeted approach in our defense strategy.
First we focus on the factual aspects of the case and determine whether or not the state would be likely meet its burden of proof were the matter to go to trial. We look for factual discrepancies to locate issues relating to
If it looks like the state will have difficulties in proving the matter beyond a reasonable doubt, we will identify those issues and prepare the appropriate motion to suppress evidence or dismiss the case. If the state has a sound case against you, we will determine whether or not you are eligible for a diversionary program such as:
Typically, these programs are available for first time, non-violent offenders and result in a deferred dismissal of your charges as long as you comply with the requirements of the program and stay out of trouble for the agreed upon period of time. Click here for more information on diversionary programs. Finally, in addition to pursuing a successful outcome factually and understanding your diversionary program options, we will use our understanding of the judicial process to defend your matter procedurally.
Finally, If you are battling drug addiction, we can also help you find an intensive outpatient, inpatient, or counseling program. It is our experience that in some cases, entry into a treatment program is a proactive measure that can lead to better results from a legal standpoint while providing necessary help.
Penalties for New Jersey Drug Crimes range in severity depending upon various factors that include:
Depending upon the above circumstances, a defendant can face anywhere from a Disorderly Persons Offense to a Second Degree Indictable Crime punishable by 5-10 years in jail. Here are a few common examples:
As you can see, the penalties associated with drug crimes in New Jersey are severe. If you or your loved one is facing drug charges and feel like you have nowhere to turn, we are here to help. There is no substitution for experienced counsel that cares. We will aggressively fight the charges and proactively defend your case throughout. We are available 24/7 for a free consultation.