Drug Possession Defense Lawyer
If you are here, chances are it’s because you or someone you know or love may need legal advice on a drug charge. The distress, anxiety and worry you are experiencing can be difficult to contain. But let me remind you that you have rights, and I will defend your rights ’til the end should you decide to retain me as counsel. Call me right now; there’s no charge for the consultation. If I don’t pick up, I will be back to you shortly. It’s quite possible I can give you advice right away on any drug possession or distribution charge you are facing.
The seriousness of the drug possession charge and the potential punishment a Judge will give you depends on what drug, and in some cases how much of the drug, you had in your possession when arrested. Do not add to the State’s case against you by giving a statement to the police about you having a drug problem, or admit that you had the drugs as your personal ‘stash’. Exercise your right to remain silent, and say I WANT A LAWYER. Don’t be fooled into believing that lax laws in other states means a Judge is happy to cut you a break in New Jersey. Take the change seriously, get a lawyer who knows the ropes, and what is current in the law in NJ regarding drug possession arrests.
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If you are charged with drug possession, consult immediately with an experienced criminal defense lawyer to understand your options and protect your rights. Call Howard Bailey at 973-982-1200 day or night for a free consultation.
Police can use Drug Possession as the Basis for Filing Other Drug Charges
In many cases, when you are charged with Drug Possession, the police will also charge you with other crimes related to the drugs, such as Possession of Drugs with Intent to Distribute, and Possession of Drugs with Intent to Distribute within 1000’ of a School. These additional charges can be based on the amount of drugs you had, or how the drugs were packaged. Being charged with these additional crimes makes your case more serious, because you are exposed too much stricter penalties.
Defending a Drug Possession Charge
If you are only charged with Possession, there may be an opportunity to divert your case into a program that will result in the charge being dismissed without a guilty plea. If you get your case diverted, you must complete the diversion for the charge to be dismissed. In a recent case, Howard Bailey represented a client charged with drug possession and several other charges and worked out a diversion of the charge. Before the charges were dismissed, the client decided he could use drugs because he had only a week to go before the charges were going to be dismissed. Unfortunately, the Court decided to have him submit to a last drug test as part of the dismissal and he tested positive for drug use. As a result, the charges were not dismissed and a plea had to be negotiated.
If you have been arrested for drug charges, discuss your options with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact Howard Bailey at 973-982-1200 for a free consultation.