How Are Drug Crime Penalties Determined?

Any type of drug charge is serious cause for concern. Even possession of small amounts of an illegal substance could be charged as a felony and result in severe consequences.

In New Jersey, drugs are classified based on their risks and potential for abuse. These classifications, as well as the amount of the substance involved, affect the penalties you could face if charged with a drug crime.

For example, heroin is a Schedule I controlled substance. Penalties for a first offense could include:

  • At least one year in prison
  • At least $1,000 in fines
  • Revocation of driver's license
  • Mandatory rehab program

Penalties become harsher if you have previous charges on your record or are charged with distribution rather than simple drug possession.

Guard Yourself From Long-Term Consequences

Any criminal charge on your record could have a significant impact on your life, barring you from future opportunities and affecting your current employment and finances. Finding a drug defense lawyer is the first and most important step to safeguarding your future if convicted.

I am attorney Peter G. Aziz and I have worked with countless clients facing drug crime charges. I use my experience in negotiation and courtroom tactics to create a custom defense strategy for each of my clients.

You will always receive direct attention and care on your case. You can call 973-928-0577 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation, in which we can discuss your situation and immediately begin protecting your rights.

With offices in Hackensack and Clifton, I serve clients across New Jersey.