Just like any other town in Middlesex County, East Brunswick Township has its share of heroin charges. Most cases involve possession although there are also a number of distribution arrests every year. The most common companion offense in heroin cases is possession of drug paraphernalia. This is typically in the form of a hypodermic needle or syringe. If you were arrested on a heroin offense following a search of your car, home or for any other circumstance, call our East Criminal Criminal Lawyers for assistance. We are one of the largest defense firms in the entire state and several of our attorneys are former prosecutors. A lawyer on our staff is available immediately to assist you at 732-227-1200.
Heroin Charge in East Brunswick Township
The heroin problem has been described as an epidemic and East Brunswick is affected just like any community. Those caught in possession of this drug face a third degree felony crime at the Middlesex County Superior Court. The potential consequences are even worse if the charge involves selling, distributing or possession with intent to distribute heroin. The following are some of heroin offenses that often arise in East Brunswick:
- Possession of Heroin Under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10. It is illegal to possess heroin in NJ under this law. A violation is a third degree crime punishable by up to 5 years in prison, a $35,000 fine and a driver’s license suspension of six (6) months.
- Distributing or Selling Heroin Under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5. A charge for distribution of heroin can range from a third degree to a first degree crime. First degree heroin distribution carries up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $500,000. A second degree conviction for selling heroin results in 5-10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $150,000. Distributing heroin in the third degree triggers 3-5 years in prison and a potential fine of $75,000.
- Possession of a Hypodermic Needle or Syringe Under N.J.S.A. 2C:36-6. This is a disorderly persons offense that results in a maximum fine of $1,000, up to six months in the county jail and a mandatory license suspension of six months.
When someone is charged with distribution and the conduct allegedly occurred in a school zone or a public park, they face enhanced penalties beyond what is provided in N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5. The biggest enhancement is the requirement at the time of sentencing that a mandatory minimum period of incarceration be imposed by the court. This is what is commonly referred to as a mandatory minimum term or period of parole ineligibility.
Heroin Defense Lawyers in East Brunswick NJ
Heroin can throw an individual’s life into chaos. You do not have to spiral to a point of no return. Our attorneys can help you recover from any obstacles that your heroin offense is causing you. We have been appearing at the Middlesex County Superior Court and in East Brunswick Municipal Court for decades. To reach a former prosecutor or other highly experienced attorney at the firm, call us at 732-227-1200.