Bergen County Drug Sales & Trafficking Defense Attorney
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Punishments for selling and trafficking controlled substances can be particularly harsh. As New Jersey is one of the hotbeds of illegal drug operations, the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as well as New Jersey law enforcement might both be pursuing a case against you. The federal punishments for drug crimes are typically severe as well, especially if the drug is considered more addictive.
If you’re being accused of a drug crime, talk to our skilled Bergen County drug sales & trafficking defense attorney. The Law Offices of Joseph R. Donahue, LLC is dedicated to defending the rights and freedoms of our clients. Let us see what we can do for you.
Penalties for Selling
The punishments in the state of New Jersey for drug sales are harsh, especially depending on the type of drug, the amount you’re selling, and to whom you sell it. For example, selling drugs to a minor or a pregnant woman can result in double the penalty. The penalties for selling cocaine will increase the more cocaine you are caught with. For example, selling 0.05 oz. or less could lead to a fine of up to $75,000 while having more than 5 oz. can result in a fixed prison term and a fine of up to $300,000. Marijuana, a less addictive drug, could lead to a 1.5 to 5 year jail sentence or fines ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 depending on the amount and if you sold it within 1,000 feet of a school or school bus.
Penalties for Trafficking
Trafficking occurs when a person is found to be in the possession of a large amount of controlled substance with the intent to distribute. The substance is usually classified into Schedule I and Schedule II drugs. Schedule I drugs include such substances as marijuana and heroin, while Schedule II drugs include such substances as methamphetamine and cocaine. If someone is convicted of trafficking any of these drugs, it will result in a mandatory jail sentence and fine, according to state law. You are also more likely to be prosecuted by the federal government for the same crime, which doesn’t count as double jeopardy.
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If you’re facing drug charges, you could be spending years of your life in prison. Make sure you give yourself the best defense possible. Talk to our experienced Bergen County drug crimes lawyer. Our firm is dedicated to doing what is in the client’s best interests, and our highly rated founding attorney Joseph Donahue is a former prosecutor. We understand how the opposition thinks and can bring 30 years of experience to your case. Let us see what we can do for you.
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We always strive to put our clients in the best position possible, so our immediate goal is to obtain a case dismissal or acquittal. If this cannot be done, we seek to minimize the consequences by all legal means possible, perhaps by pursuing a plea agreement, which could include alternate sentencing that improves the impact on our client’s record. Our Bergen County criminal defense attorney is a resolute advocate who never hesitates to take a case to trial if we feel it is in the best interests of our client. No matter how complex your charges may be, we have the proven expertise and passion to help you achieve a positive outcome. Discover how we can help you today.