Illegal Drugs in Brick Township, NJ

Arrested for Illegal Drugs in Brick? Call An Experienced Brick Criminal Defense Attorney

On July 7th, following a two month long investigation, police officers in Brick, New Jersey made a motor vehicle stop at Route 88 and Younger Street which led to the seizure of 270 bags of heroin and more than $2,000.000 in cash. During the drug bust, police arrested three suspects who were charged with manufacturing, dispensing or distributing heroin, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Suboxone, and possession of methadone.

Being arrested and convicted of a drug offense in New Jersey, such as manufacturing, distribution, or possession, can lead to some very serious and long lasting consequences. The amount and type of drugs involved in the crime will determine whether an individual will be charged with a first, second, third or fourth degree crime, or a disorderly persons offense. Those arrested for first degree drug charges can face up to 20 years in prison, while lesser fourth degree and disorderly persons convictions can carry sentences ranging from 6 months in jail to 18 months in prison.

Where an individual is charged with manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing illegal drugs (N.J.S. 2C:35-5), law enforcement and the prosecutor will focus on the type and amount of drugs involved, the individual’s level of involvement in the activity relevant to the charge, the evidence found by the police against the individual, the individual’s criminal record, and where the charge occurred (e.g. in a school zone). Depending on each of these factors, the manufacturing charge can lead to anywhere from a first degree charge to a less severe fourth degree crime.

Being charged with possession of illegal drugs (N.J.S 2C: 35-10) can also lead to some very serious punishments. In New Jersey, it is illegal to knowingly or purposefully obtain or possess a controlled dangerous substance. Constructive possession is all that is required to satisfy possession in New Jersey, meaning that an individual need not have the illegal drugs on their person; simply having the drugs nearby in a place that they can easily access them, will suffice. For this reason, during a drug bust almost everyone in the room or vehicle where the drugs are found can be charged with possession, since each and every individual has constructive possession of the drugs being confiscated. The charge of possession of drug paraphernalia (N.J.S 2C: 36-2) is frequently charged and refers to any equipment used to produce, conceal, or consume illegal drugs. Some of the more common drug paraphernalia found include rolling papers marked with marijuana residue, glass pipes with smoke stains, needles, bongs, roach clips, vials, plastic baggies, and syringes. There are numerous defenses and mitigating circumstances that an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney may be able to uncover in reviewing the facts and circumstances of your drug charge.

Call an Experienced Attorney for Help with Drug Charges in Brick

Located only a few short miles from Brick in Point Pleasant Beach, the experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorneys of Villani & DeLuca, P.C. frequently appear in New Jersey Superior Court and the municipal courts throughout Ocean County and Monmouth County to defend individuals facing drug charges. Partner, Carmine R. Villani, Esq. has been practicing criminal defense for more than 18 years and will defend your case tirelessly and aggressively. Call us today at 732-965-3350 for your free initial consultation.

SOURCE:
Asbury Park Press, app.com, “Heroin and cash seized by Brick police in traffic stop” by Margaret F. Bonafide, Staff Writer, July 15, 2011.

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