Seasoned NJ Defense Attorney Opposes Fentanyl Charges
Staunch advocacy for facing felony prosecution
America is reeling from an opioid epidemic and law enforcement is determined to cut off the supply of illegal opioids, especially fentanyl, that have flooded the streets. Here in New Jersey, authorities are determined to prosecute anyone considered to be fueling the crisis. The State Police and the Division of Criminal Justice have cast a wide net to apprehend anyone who illegally possesses, obtains or distributes fentanyl. Their targets include prescribers, pharmacists and even patients. If you are caught up in this zealous enforcement campaign, you face extreme penalties for even minor infractions. It’s then that you should call the Law Offices of David Jay Glassman. We draw on more than 40 years of criminal law experience to deliver the skilled and determined defense you need. With offices in Marlton, New Brunswick, Hackensack and Newark, we can assist you anywhere in the Garden State.
What are the legal penalties for fentanyl possession in New Jersey?
Fentanyl is a Schedule II opiate under New Jersey law. This means it has a legitimate medical use, but that use comes with severe risks. Other Schedule II drugs include morphine, cocaine and Vicodin. Illicit possession of fentanyl is a third-degree crime (a felony) in New Jersey.
The punishment you could face depends on circumstances, such as the amount of the drug and how you came by it. A conviction for fentanyl possession can result in these penalties:
- Lengthy probation
- Fines of up to $35,000
- Three to five years in state prison
As your legal representatives, we pursue every possible line of defense, including these:
- Reasonably believing that you had a valid prescription for the drugs
- Not knowing the drugs were in your possession
- Not being the person in control of the drugs
- Being arrested on drug evidence found through an illegal search
As your defense counsel, we are determined to mitigate any negative impacts of your prosecution. This can sometimes mean getting a reduction in the charges to a second-degree crime and avoiding prison time.
What are the legal penalties for fentanyl distribution in New Jersey?
Distributing illicit drugs is a much more serious crime than possessing them. Authorities can charge you with drug distribution when evidence suggests you were manufacturing, selling or otherwise making the drug available in violation of regulations. Distribution of fentanyl is a second-degree crime (a felony), which can result in these penalties:
- A state prison sentence of five to 10 years
- A fine of up to $150,000
You don’t have to be caught in the act of selling for authorities to charge distribution. Prosecutors will allege an intent to distribute as long as you possess enough of the drug to reasonably draw that conclusion. When facing distribution charges, you need an experienced attorney with a proven track record.
Contact our drug crime defense attorneys if you’re facing fentanyl charges in New Jersey
The Law Offices of David Jay Glassman defends individuals in New Jersey who are accused of fentanyl possession or distribution. Call us at 866-221-1270 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We have in Marlton, New Brunswick, Hackensack and Newark.