Atlantic City Drug Charge Defense Lawyer
If you have been arrested on a drug charge in New Jersey, you need straight answers from a criminal defense attorney you can trust. At the Law Offices of John J. Zarych, our drug possession attorneys defend clients in cases throughout New Jersey.
Drug charges we defend against include:
- Drug possession
- Drug distribution
- Prescription drug crimes
- Drug manufacturing
Drug charges in New Jersey carry harsh formal consequences. However, formal consequences that can include fines and prison time are only the start or worries for one charged with a serious drug offense. Informal consequences can include ineligibility for student loans or aid, reduced employment opportunities, and the social stigma of a potential felony conviction.
Understanding the Potential Consequences of Criminal Drug Charges in New Jersey
Many people may mistakenly think that drug possession charges aren’t that bad or that they will have only a limited effect on one’s future opportunities. In reality even the conviction for simple possession of marijuana in New Jersey can carry serious consequences for your future despite being treated as a disorderly persons offense for amounts less than 50 grams. Even though simple possession of marijuana is typically not an indictable offense, but a conviction will still result in a criminal record with the New Jersey State Police and the FBI’s National Crime Information Center.
However the possession of some controlled substances can be charged as an indictable offense making it similar to a felony. Possession of hard drugs like crack, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and other substances can be charged as a first or second degree crime.
If one is accused of producing or selling drugs, it is likely that drug manufacturing or drug distribution charges will be advanced. Manufacturing drugs can include grow operations, such as marijuana, or carrying out or attempting to carry out the chemical processes necessary to produce drugs. Furthermore, facilities, where bulk amounts of drugs are divided and individually packaged for sale on the streets, would also be considered a drug manufacturing facility. If one faces first degree drug manufacturing or drug distribution charges a prison sentence of 10 to 20 years can be imposed upon conviction. In light of such a harsh penalty, it is essential that you have an experienced advocate who can protect your rights.
Potential Defenses to Your Drug Charges
The primary defenses in a drug possession or drug distribution case often have to do with your contact with law enforcement. Here are a few questions an experienced attorney is likely to ask:
- If your case involved a motor vehicle stop, was the stop constitutional?
- If you were questioned by police while in custody, were you read your Miranda rights and did you waive them?
- If a search resulted in finding narcotics, was the search constitutional, or did it involve illegal search and seizure?
- If the police used a confidential informant, are they willing to release the informant’s name? Everyone has a Sixth Amendment right to confront witnesses against him or her.
Of course, the potential avenues of inquiry discussed above makes-up only the beginning of our inquiry into the factors and circumstances that lead to your arrest. In every criminal matter we handle, our criminal defense attorneys approach all criminal defense matters strategically and aggressively.
Another Potential Option for Individuals Charged with Drug Crimes in New Jersey
Another option in New Jersey is the Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI). However, this program is not available for all drug crimes. If you are accepted into this program, your case will be diverted from the normal course of prosecution in Superior Court. Instead of jail time, you will report to a probation officer and comply with other conditions such as drug treatment and community service.
If you complete this program, your charges will be dismissed after a period of time ranging from six months to three years. Most importantly, you will not have a conviction on your record. This program is available on a one-time basis, generally to first-time offenders.
Defense Attorneys for Drug Possession, Distribution & Manufacturing Charges in South Jersey
If you’ve been charged with a drug crime in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Pleasantville, Egg Harbor Township, Absecon, Mays Landing, Somers Point, Brigantine, Ventnor Heights, Egg Harbor City or another area within New Jersey, the criminal defense lawyers of the Law Offices of John J. Zarych can help. To schedule a free and confidential criminal defense consultation, contact our criminal defense attorneys by calling our offices in Northfield, Cape May Court House, Wildwood or Atlantic City at (609) 616-4956. Our attorneys stand-up for you and fight to protect your rights.
Serving Atlantic City, Cape May County, Atlantic County & Beyond
Welcome to the Law Offices of John J. Zarych. We practice criminal defense in state and federal courts throughout New Jersey. Perhaps you have come to this site because you or a loved one has been arrested or is under investigation by the state or federal government. Fear and confusion are appropriate emotional responses to such a situation. However, please know that we are ready to stand with you. Today may be one of the worst days of your life, but our combined experience of over 45 years of lawyering has prepared our attorneys to manage your legal crisis. Our team is trained and poised to meet that crisis head-on and to take immediate action. It is our privilege to guide you through this process, to defend your freedoms and to protect your liberty. Clients often say to us things such as, “This is all new to me. My family has never been through this process before. I don’t know how serious this is and I have so many questions.” This is a common response when one learns he or she is facing charges. Rest assured that nothing about the criminal justice process is “new” to us. In fact, guiding people through the legal system is what we do every day. There are no stupid questions.You may ask as many questions as you like. The role of an attorney is to give you the information that you need to make important decisions about your case. Your attorney will recommend a course of action, but ultimately you have the right to make the most crucial decisions in your case such as whether to demand a trial. But when we are talking about your case, aren’t we really talking about your life? Yes, and you want your legal matter to be handled in such a way that it has a minimal negative impact on your life. We understand that questions about your life are important and deserve time and attention. You will receive that from our firm.
Prompt & Strategic Action With Criminal Charges or Investigations
A criminal charge presents an immediate and very serious problem that requires prompt attention. In addition, criminal cases are often won or lost based on what an attorney does in the first few days. That is why we are here to take prompt and strategic action on your behalf while compassionately guiding you through the confusion and stress.
Our Criminal Defense Lawyers Handle Charges Throughout New Jersey
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We will not settle for simply good client service; we aim to provide outstanding service. We always have staff available on call, including weekends and holidays.
Experience With a Variety of Cases
We will engage in all good-faith pretrial negotiations to improve the likelihood that our client will receive a favorable resolution in his or her criminal matter. However, in all cases we take on, we are prepared to try the criminal charges in New Jersey Superior Court. We will provide advice and guidance, but the decision to go to trial in a matter is a personal one and rests solely with the defendant. While we will always fight aggressively and strategically for you, we will never pressure you to take a plea or other deal that you are unhappy with or when you feel that it is not in your best interest to take the offer. We are willing and prepared in every matter to fight for our clients in all pretrial motions and in a court of law before a jury of your peers to achieve a “not guilty” verdict. All of our attorneys are active in the South Jersey communities we serve. We have made numerous television and radio appearances on criminal defense topics, and we are actively involved in local and national bar association activities, rehabilitation organizations and local school and community service endeavors. We are privileged to guide our clients and their families through what is usually the most dangerous undertaking of their lives: defending themselves in a criminal case. Contact our experienced New Jersey lawyers today by calling our offices in Atlantic City, Northfield, Cape May Court House or Wildwood at (609) 616-4956.
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