Elizabeth NJ Heroin Defense Lawyers
There is now little doubt that heroin has experienced an extreme resurgence in our community. All walks of life have, unfortunately, experimented with this powerful drug but this is not something that is prone to a one time taste. Dependency sets in almost immediately with heroin and this can lead to both limited and chronic contact with police and the court system. If you have landed on this page, chances are that you have been arrested for some form of heroin offense and that your case is set to be heard at the Union County Superior Court in Elizabeth NJ. Whether your arrest was in a suburb like Cranford or in one of New Jersey’s top 20 for heroin abuse — Elizabeth and Plainfield — this is the location where your case will be heard. This is because the Superior Court is the only place where third degree, second degree and first degree crimes can be decided. Our defense team possesses exceptional experience in handling heroin charges of all grades, having defended thousands of them over our 100 years of collective experience. While a considerable portion of this time has been from the perspective of a defense lawyer, we also possess a long work history as prosecutors. We are prepared to put our know how and skill to work in defending your heroin charge. You can contact our criminal defense firm for a free consultation any time of day at 908-272-1700.
If you have been charged with possession of heroin or even intent to distribute heroin, the greatest likelihood is that you are facing a third degree crime. The reason we say this is because the biggest block of heroin offense cases fall within this degree of crime. This is where all straight possession charges and cases involving distribution of less than one half ounce (other than in a school or park) fall in terms of grading. The first thing you need to know if you are facing a third degree heroin violation is that it is a felony and will result in a record for, at an absolute minimum, of five (5) years from the date of completion of probation and/or a jail term and payment of all fines. In addition to having a felony criminal record, a conviction results in significant penalties, including up to five (5) years in state prison and tens of thousands of dollars in fines.
A second degree or third degree heroin offense is even more serious. There is a presumption that you will have to serve a state prison term (i.e. virtual certainty) if you are found guilty and the conviction is never removable from your record. The maximum fine that may be imposed is $150,000 for a second degree and $500,000 for a first degree. You may also be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for a second degree and 20 years for a first degree.
It is also important for you to keep in mind that the penalties previously set forth are the standard ones for possessing or distributing heroin. These penalties are enhanced if the violation is in a school zone or in a public park.
Plainfield Heroin Charge Attorneys
We have found that our significant knowledge and experience in not only defending cases but also in the workings of programs like drug court and pretrial intervention can prove invaluable in handling heroin cases. It also doesn’t hurt that we are extremely familiar with the personnel, judges and prosecutors at the Criminal Division in Elizabeth. We are prepared to put all of these resources to work for you and to discuss how we can help you in a free initial consultation. Feel free to contact our office any time at 908-272-1700.