Defining drug crimes in New Jersey

On Behalf of | Nov 27, 2023 | Drug Charges |

New Jersey law defines various types of drug crimes and levels of severity. Legal consequences vary significantly based on the circumstances of your case.

Understanding the charges and the possible repercussions can inform your next steps when you or a loved one has a drug-related arrest.

Possession of controlled dangerous substances

Physical possession of controlled dangerous substances is a common drug charge. It is physical possession of illegal drugs. Unauthorized possession or distribution of prescription drugs is a distinct offense in New Jersey. It includes acquiring or distributing prescription medications without a valid prescription.

For both street drugs and prescription drugs, the severity of penalties depends on factors such as the type and quantity of the substance.

Drug distribution

Distribution involves selling or transporting illegal substances. You can also receive these charges for intent to distribute. In addition to drug type and quantity, the location of the distribution may also affect your charges.

Drug manufacturing

Engaging in the manufacturing or cultivation of controlled substances is a serious drug offense in New Jersey. Individuals convicted may face severe penalties, including lengthy prison sentences and significant fines.

Possession of drug paraphernalia

Drug paraphernalia includes items used for consuming, storing or manufacturing drugs. The state considers paraphernalia possession a disorderly person offense. However, you may still face fines and potential imprisonment.

Conviction of drug crimes in New Jersey can result in six-figure fines and extensive prison time. For example, possession of 5 to 10 grams of fentanyl is a second-degree offense. It carries at least 5 and up to 10 years in prison, along with a fine of up to $150,000.


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