Defending Individuals who have been Accused of Violating New Jersey Drug Laws
Offenses related to the possession, use, sale, or distribution of illegal drugs are an extremely serious matter in the state of New Jersey. If you have been arrested on suspicion of a drug offense, there are many factors that determine the penalties that you may be facing, including the amount of drugs that were found, whether the arrest took place in a school zone, the type of drugs that were discovered, and whether or not you have prior criminal offenses on your record.
Regardless of whether your case involves the police finding a joint in your pocket or alleged narcotics trafficking, you need to retain an attorney as soon as possible. In many cases, a skilled New Jersey criminal defense attorney can have a significant impact on the outcome of a drug case and may even be able to have the case against you dismissed. To learn more about how we can help you, call New Jersey criminal defense lawyer Daniel R. Danzi today.
People who are convicted of drug crimes are often facing extremely serious legal and personal/professional consequences. The penalties associated with even relatively minor and low-level drug offenses can be extremely severe, and many drug offenders are punished more harshly than violent criminals who commit offenses that intuitively seem much more serious. Some of the penalties associated with New Jersey drug offenses include the following:
While these penalties may seem severe enough on their own, drug offenses often result in additional collateral consequences that may last far longer than any court-imposed legal punishment and which may actually be far more serious. A drug crime conviction will result in the creation of a permanent criminal record that can affect your ability to get a job, rent an apartment, take out a loan, or obtain certain state-issued licenses. In addition, for younger people, a drug conviction can have an impact on your eligibility for federal student financial aid or your ability to get into a particular college or university. Fortunately, in many cases, an attorney can help you avoid a conviction, even if there are no legal defenses available in a particular case.
Because drug crimes tend to involve the police finding drugs on a person, in their home, or their vehicle, the legal defenses raised in drug cases often involve alleging that law enforcement violated a person’s legal rights during the investigative process. The 4th Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits law enforcement from searching or taking your property whenever they want – they either need to secure a warrant or be able to establish that exceptional circumstances exist that would justify the warrantless search or seizure.
Under the law, if a police officer searches your home or vehicle without sufficient legal justification, any evidence they gather could potentially be suppressed by the court. When evidence is suppressed, it means that it cannot be used against you in any legal proceedings. In many drug cases, when evidence discovered by an illegal search is suppressed, the case is dropped by the prosecution or dismissed by the court.
Even in cases where there are no defenses available, the representation of an attorney can often help avoid the most serious of the consequences associated with a particular drug offense. The vast majority of criminal cases are resolved through the plea bargain process, in which a defendant pleads guilty to a lesser offense or in exchange for the prosecutor recommending a more lenient sentence to the judge. An experienced New Jersey criminal defense lawyer can recognize and exploit any weaknesses in the prosecution’s case in order to get you the most favorable plea bargain possible.
If you have been accused of the possession, manufacture, sale, or distribution of illegal drugs in New Jersey, you should retain legal counsel immediately. A conviction on your record could affect your personal and professional life and seriously damage your reputation within your community.
With more than 25 years of experience defending the rights of individuals who stand accused of crimes, New Jersey drug defense attorney Daniel R. Danzi has the skill and experience required to bring your case to the best resolution available. To schedule a consultation with Mr. Danzi, please call our office today at 973-331-1175.