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If you are facing drug charges in New Jersey, you have a lot at stake. Not only could a conviction mean fines and jail time, but it could also stain your permanent record. To protect yourself, you need experienced legal representation, and you should discuss your case with a Clark drug charges attorney as soon as possible.
In New Jersey, drug charges can range from disorderly persons offenses to indictable crimes. At Helmer, Conley & Kasselman, P.A., we represent individuals facing all types of drug charges in Clark. So, whether you are facing a first-time marijuana possession charge or charges of distributing heroin or cocaine as a repeat offender, we can help — but it is important that you contact us right away.
For many people, a marijuana possession charge is their first introduction to New Jersey’s criminal justice system. While New Jersey has legalized regulated cannabis and largely decriminalized (i.e., stopped treating it as illegal or a criminal offense) possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, possessing marijuana in larger quantities can still lead to an arrest and conviction. Illegally cultivating and distributing marijuana remain serious crimes that can lead to substantial penalties as well.
In addition to providing for legalization and decriminalization (in limited circumstances), New Jersey’s new marijuana laws enacted in 2021 also made some other important changes. For example, the new laws make clear that the odor of marijuana alone is insufficient to establish reasonable suspicion for a stop or probable cause for a search to determine if a person (i) is in possession of marijuana, (ii) is engaged in low-level distribution of marijuana, or (iii) has used marijuana underage. New Jersey’s new marijuana laws will have a significant impact on many cases but using the new laws to your advantage will require the advice and representation of an experienced attorney.
Possessing illegal drugs such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine in New Jersey can lead to tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in criminal fines and years or decades behind bars. The penalties that are on the table in your case depend on the specific drug and quantity involved. Manufacturing, possession with intent to distribute and distribution of these drugs are also serious crimes that can have life-long consequences.
Even if you were clearly in violation of New Jersey’s drug laws, you could still have defenses available in your case. For example, if the police violated your constitutional rights, then prosecutors might not be able to present their evidence in court. Our Clark drug charges attorney will thoroughly evaluate all potential defenses in your case, and they will build a sound defense strategy focused on protecting you to the fullest extent possible.
Charged with a drug crime in New Jersey? Contact us 24/7 to arrange a confidential consultation. To speak with a Clark drug charges attorney as soon as possible, call 877-435-6371 or tell us how we can reach you online now.
Over 20 attorneys at HCK have extensive experience in defending criminal cases as they were former assistant prosecutors and/or police officers for a combined total of over 600 years of law enforcement experience. Several of them ran narcotics task forces and have handled thousands of drug cases successfully. You can find out more about them on our site, and you can call Managing Partner Ron Helmer on his cell phone at 609 685-0665.
Don’t let your rights be jeopardized.