Drug Crimes FAQ
Whether you are facing charges for simple drug possession, trafficking or another drug crime, it is crucial to understand your options before you agree to a plea or other course of action. Throughout New Jersey, prosecutors seek severe punishments for offenses to deter others. If you are in this situation, your future and your rights may be on the line.
Our attorneys at The Law Office of Mallon & Tranger tirelessly defend our clients because we know the stakes are high in drug crime cases. Since our firm’s founding, we have defended thousands of New Jersey residents charged with serious offenses, including felony and misdemeanor drug charges.
It is important to us that you understand your rights so that you can make choices that help you protect them now and in the future. Read the information below to get answers to questions you may have about drug charges in New Jersey.
What sort of an impact can a drug conviction have?
Both misdemeanor and felony convictions can have lasting repercussions. College students who are convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession may be restricted from applying for federal loans for a certain time, delaying or ending their ability to earn a degree.
Job applicants with drug convictions face challenges when they are barred from applying for professional licenses or positions. If potential employers discover their criminal records during background checks, they may lose out on positions for which they were highly qualified.
These are just a few of the long-term consequences connected to this type of conviction.
What sort of penalties might be handed down in my case?
Judges consider many factors when they hear a criminal case. Penalties for state and federal crimes can be severe; however, the nature of your charges will determine what penalties might apply. Getting advice from a qualified attorney can help you understand your best options according to your unique circumstances.
Are there programs offered in New Jersey that help first-time offenders avoid jail time?
First-time offenders may qualify for a diversionary program that aims to rehabilitate offenders and limit the impact charges have on their futures. Pretrial intervention programs require individuals to participate in treatment and training that span one to three years. If you complete this program, you may keep a drug charge off your record.
Conditional discharge is another program for drug offenders who receive minor drug convictions. If you are accepted into this program, your charge may be expunged.
Not all first-time offenders are offered the opportunity to participate in these programs. Our lawyers are familiar with the arguments that judges find compelling when they make these momentous decisions.
Police want to talk to me about a case. What should I do?
If you receive this request, call an attorney before you speak to officers. Many law enforcement agencies spend a lot of money on investigating drug crimes. In most cases, if they want to talk to you, they want you to say something that results in strengthening their case against you.
As a result, it will be more difficult for you to defend against allegations you may face in the future. You are entitled to have a lawyer present when you talk to police. Exercise this right and have him or her present in your interview.
Drug Charges Are Complex Matters. You Can Depend On Us To Find Solutions.
Before you sign an agreement or speak to law enforcement about your charge, contact us. We offer free case evaluations and are dedicated to your best interests. Please email us or call 732-702-0333 to arrange a meeting with a dedicated criminal defense attorney. Our firm has offices in Toms River, Freehold and Point Pleasant.