Although methamphetamine is a drug typically manufactured and consumed in the midwest it has recently made its way to the east coast. Morris County as a whole over the last few years has seen a sudden rise in crystal meth use. Individual’s who use methamphetamine’s on a regular basis usually display erratic mood swings and are hard to predict. Therefore, there should no surprise to hear that the sudden rise in crystal meth abuse in Morris County has also lead to an increase in crime, more specifically burglaries, robberies and theft charges, including shoplifting. If you or a loved one has been charged with possession of methamphetamine’s in Morris County in towns like Morristown, Dover, Denville, Roxbury, Mount Olive, Rockaway or Jefferson, the Law Offices of Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver can help. Our office has eight drug possession defense lawyers on staff thus making our office one of the largest criminal defense firms in the State let alone Morris County. If you would like to schedule a free consultation today then please contact our Morristown Office at 973.309.7050. We are available 24/7 to help assist in any way possible, we fully realize that time is of the essence. Now here is some key information on the penalties of not only possessing crystal meth in New Jersey but also possessing it with the intent to distribute as well.
Possession of Crystal Meth Lawyer in Roxbury NJ
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a), a Defendant caught possessing less than a 1/2 ounce of methamphetamine in New Jersey with be charged with a third degree felony. A third degree felony is punishable by up to five (5) years in a New Jersey State Prison, a fine up to $35,000 and a two year loss of driving privileges. In addition, a Defendant may also be forced to participate in a drug rehabilitation program as well.
Possession of Meth with the Intent to Distribute Attorneys in Mount Olive NJ
If a Defendant is caught possessing less than 1/2 ounce of methamphetamine but is charged with possession with the intent to distribute they will be facing a third degree felony as well. They would be facing the same penalties if charged withe simple possession. However, incarceration would be much more likely to be imposed. In addition, pursuant to Brimage, a Defendant would most likely be required to serve a custodial term with a parole ineligibility period as well.
If a Defendant is caught possessing more then 1/2 ounce but less than 5 ounce of methamphetamine they will be charged with possession with the intent to distribute in the second degree. A second degree felony is punishable by up to ten years in a State Prison, a fine up to $150,000 and a two year loss of driving privileges. In addition, Brimage would almost certainly apply as well.
If a Defendant is caught possessing more then 5 ounce of methamphetamine, they will be charged with possession with the intent to distribute in the first degree. A first degree felony is punishable by up to twenty years in a State Prison, a fine up to $200,000 and a two year loss of driving privileges. In addition, Brimage would almost certainly apply as well.
Meth Distribution Attorneys in Morris County NJ
The Law Offices of Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver is an experienced Morris County criminal defense firm. Our office has been representing clients charged with possessing crystal meth, distributing heroin, possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute and possessing cocaine in Morris County for over a decade. If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug offense in towns like Madison, Washington Township, Mendham, Jefferson, Butler, Parsippany or Pequannock, we can help. Please contact our Morristown office at 973.309.7050 today.