With the media’s focus on New Jersey’s drug epidemic, facing any type of drug charges can be intimidating. For sure, you’ve heard that the jails are filled with those serving time for a drug charges. In fact, government statistics report that nearly twenty percent of all inmates in state prisons are there for drug offenses. If you have been charged with any type of drug offense, you want to make sure you have retained an experienced legal advocate.
At the Ocean County Law Office of DiFrancia & DeDona, P.C., we have represented a number of individuals charged with different level drug offenses. Our focus is first on determining the veracity of the charges. Were you arrested subsequent to a motor vehicle stop? Did law enforcement officers follow proper guidelines regarding search and seizure? These are just some examples of issues we evaluate in preparing your defense.
Our experienced New Jersey drug charges attorneys will evaluate all charges brought against you. We will provide you with legal advice to determine if a plea bargain is in your best interests. We will advise you of the prospective consequences of your case going to trial. Our goal is to keep you out of jail with the lowest possible assessment of fines or other costs.
Ocean County Drug Possession and Distribution Lawyers
It’s important to realize that not all drug offenses carry the same penalties and there are a number of factors that may affect sentencing. Oftentimes, two different charges for the same crime can carry different penalties, depending on the circumstances. Some of the factors that may dictate your strategy in fighting a drug charge can include:
- Type of Charge (Simple Possession, Possession with Intent to Sell, Paraphernalia, CDS distribution, School Zone)
- Type of Drug Used (Penalties Are Often More Rigid for More Dangerous Drugs)
- Prior Offenses (Those with a History of Drug Charges May Automatically be Subject to Stiffer Sentences0
- Medical Issues and Addiction (Courts May Offer Treatment over Incarceration)
Although drug paraphernalia charges are often associated with possession or distribution, you can still get a criminal record for ownership of drug related items. Truth be told, you may find yourself faced with a number of charges. Our office will not only evaluate the circumstances of your arrest, but also advise you of the penalties associated with each of the charges.
In all cases, we treat our clients with dignity and respect. We believe in the judicial process that considers all defendants innocent until proven guilty. Our drug charge attorneys are diligent in protecting your rights.