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New Jersey drug laws are among the toughest in the nation. If you are accused of possessing even a small amount of marijuana or some other drug, you will face severe penalties and you could wind up spending a long time behind bars. That’s why it is imperative that you speak with a knowledgeable lawyer immediately and learn as much as possible about your drug charges.

The Tormey Law Firm is a criminal defense team with lawyers who appear regularly in courts throughout Essex County, NJ, including Irvington, Orange, and Verona. Travis J. Tormey, the firm’s founding partner, previously served with the United States Attorney’s Office. Additionally, the firm has a former county and municipal prosecutor on staff, so we know what is needed to win your case in the courtroom.

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Call the Tormey Law Firm today at 201-654-3464 to discuss your case. In the meantime, keep reading this page for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about NJ drug charges and penalties.

What are the Penalties for Drug Possession in NJ?

The penalties for drug possession in New Jersey are determined by the type and quantity of drug:

  • Marijuana Possession: Disorderly persons offense or indictable felony, punishable by 0–18 months incarceration and a fine of $500–$15,000
  • Cocaine / Crack Possession: Indictable felony, punishable by 3–5 years in prison and a fine of $1,000–$35,000
  • Heroin Possession: Indictable felony, punishable by 3–5 years in prison and a fine of $1,000–$35,000
  • Speed / Methamphetamine Possession: Indictable felony, punishable by 3–5 years in prison and a fine of $1,000–$35,000
  • Mushrooms / LCD Possession: Indictable felony, punishable by 3–5 years in prison and a fine of $1,000–$35,000

What are the Penalties for Drug Distribution in NJ?

The NJ Criminal Code prohibits both drug distribution and possession of a drug with intent to distribute; the penalties for these offenses are functionally the same. Drug distribution penalties are ultimately determined by the type and quantity of drug:

  • Marijuana Distribution: Indictable felony, punishable by 0–10 years in prison and a fine of $750–$100,000
  • Cocaine / Crack Distribution: Indictable felony, punishable by 3–20 years in prison and a fine of $1,000–$300,000
  • Heroin Distribution: Indictable felony, punishable by 3–20 years in prison and a fine of $1,000–$300,000
  • Speed / Methamphetamine Distribution: Indictable felony, punishable by 3–10 years in prison and a fine of $1,000–$100,000
  • Mushrooms / LCD Distribution: Indictable felony, punishable by 3–5 years in prison and a fine of $2,000–$300,000

What are the Costs for Essex County Diversionary Programs?

Under certain circumstances, first-time drug offenders might be eligible for admission into a drug diversionary program such as Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) or Conditional Discharge. However, anyone who is admitted into one of these diversionary programs must pay a mandatory penalty of $500–$3,000. This penalty is in addition to any other fines or penalties for the drug charge.

What are the Penalties for Drug Paraphernalia Charges in New Jersey?

The use or possession of drug paraphernalia in New Jersey is a serious offense. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2, a conviction on drug paraphernalia charges can result in a sentence of up to six months in jail, as well as a mandatory fine of $500 to $1,000.

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The Tormey Law Firm is prepared to assist you with your drug case and help you avoid the most serious drug crime penalties. Call 201-654-3464 to speak with one of our experienced attorneys, our fill out the online contact form to schedule a visit to our office in Newark, NJ.

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"I was facing serious trouble for marijuana possession. Was looking at probation, loss of driving privileges and even jail time. Travis's great knowledge of his clients constitutional rights"

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