Burlington County NJ Heroin Attorneys
Heroin Possession & Distribution Defense Lawyers in Mount Holly NJ
With the proliferation of prescription drugs came one unintended consequence: the increasing use and abuse of heroin in the United States. Heroin has become such a significant issue that it is now considered a full-scale national epidemic. The use of opioid prescription drugs to treat pain has created a culture of dependence that affects adults and young people alike. As heroin ravages American communities, more and more people are becoming stuck in its vice-like grip. New Jersey strictly prohibits the possession and distribution of heroin, imposing severe penalties upon convicted heroin offenders. A skilled criminal defense attorney can ensure that you pursue any and all viable alternatives to incarceration, and if the charges are unfounded, can vigorously protect your innocence at trial.
Leonard Biddison is a seasoned criminal defense lawyer who has been dedicated to defending the rights of his clients in Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the last twenty-plus years. Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Biddison has utilized skillful negotiation and a ferocious trial strategy to achieve superior results for clients in Moorestown, Evesham, Florence, Willingboro, Mt. Holly, Mt. Laurel, Burlington County, and throughout Southern New Jersey. He was recently recognized for his excellence in practice and included in a list of the Top 10 Criminal Law Attorneys in New Jersey, published by the American Jurist Institute. Mr. Biddison couples his expertise with that of a private investigator and former New Jersey State Trooper, who previously served on behalf of the State in narcotics investigations. By understanding the way in which the State prosecutes these cases, they are able to identify and compile evidence to create your most effective defense. For additional information and to speak with Mr. Biddison today, contact his offices at 856-245-5240 for a cost-free consultation.
Heroin Possession in NJ: N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)
Possession of heroin is described in section N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a) of the New Jersey Criminal Code. According to this section:
It is unlawful for any person, knowingly or purposely, to obtain, or to possess, actually or constructively, a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog, unless the substance was obtained directly, or pursuant to a valid prescription or order form from a practitioner, while acting in the course of his professional practice, or except as otherwise authorized by P.L.1970, c.226. Any person who violates this section with respect to a controlled dangerous substance, or its analog, classified in Schedule I, II, II, or IV other than those specifically covered in this section, is guilty of a crime of the third degree.
Heroin is classified as a Schedule I drug in New Jersey’s Drug Schedule. As such, possession of heroin is a third degree crime and may result in consequences including: a 3 to 5-year term of incarceration, a fine of up to $35,000, a felony conviction on your criminal record, and a 6-month period of driver’s license suspension.
Heroin Distribution NJ Charges: N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5
It is also illegal to manufacture, distribute, dispense, or possess heroin with intent to distribute in New Jersey. All of these offenses are subsumed under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5. According to this statute, the degree of these charges are contingent upon the amount of heroin involved in the offense. The thresholds are as follows:
- Less than 0.5 Ounces: Third Degree Crime: between 3 and 5 years of imprisonment and a maximum fine of $75,000
- Between 0.5 and 5 Ounces: Second Degree Crime: between 5 and 10 years of imprisonment and a maximum fine of $150,000
- 5 Ounces or More: First Degree Crime: between 10 and 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $500,000
Quite obviously, prison does little to assist heroin users in recovering. Fortunately, when you are charged with a heroin offense in New Jersey and you have no prior criminal record, jail is not your only option. You may be eligible for probation or one of the State’s diversionary programs such as Pre-Trial Intervention or Drug Court.
Contact a Willingboro NJ Heroin Charges Lawyer for a Free Consultation
If you or someone you love has been charged with heroin possession, heroin distribution, or another drug crime in Burlington County or elsewhere in South Jersey, it is highly advisable to enlist an aggressive legal advocate as soon as possible. Contact the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison at 856-245-5240 for additional information and a cost-free consultation.