Heroin Crimes in New Jersey
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Heroin is considered a highly addictive drug in the United States. Whether a charge derives from distribution or simple possession, a conviction for a heroin-related offense carries severe penalties in New Jersey. If you have been arrested for any type of heroin or drug crime, it is imperative to obtain experienced legal representation from an experienced lawyer.
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Penalties for Possession& Sale of Heroin
It is against the law to possess any amount of heroin. No matter how small the amount, possession of heroin is considered a crime of the third degree, which is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of five years and a fine of up to $35,000. Additionally, a six-month driver’s license suspension also applies.
The following are the penalties upon conviction for possession with intent to distribute or sell:
- Less than half an ounce of heroin – Crime of the third degree
- Maximum prison sentence of five years
- Fine of up to $75,000
- More than half an ounce and less than five ounces of heroin – Crime of the second degree
- Prison sentence between five and ten years
- Five ounces or more of heroin – Crime of the first degree
- Prison sentence between ten and 20 years
- Fine of up to $500,000
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