Fight a New Jersey Heroin Possession Charge!
When you are charged with something as serious as heroin possession,
your life can change dramatically. Not only could you be sent to jail or
even prison, but you could experience untold negative reactions from
family and friends, and could even lose your job. The stakes are high
when facing charges like these. Now more than ever you need someone in
Heroin carries a dark stigma. People have a stereotype in their mind
of what a heroin user looks like. This may be the first time anyone has
ever heard of you doing drugs, or it could be an ongoing problem. But
even if you are humiliated, you must fight the charges against you in an
effort to get your life back on track.
The penalties for heroin possession in New Jersey can be considered
quite severe. This is especially true if you have prior convictions on
your record or if you are a known addict. Fortunately, not all hope is
lost. A local defense lawyer may be able to help you avoid the worst
penalties and fall-out from these latest charges.
New Jersey Heroin Possession Penalties
Under New Jersey law, possession of heroin is considered a
third degree offense. This means it can carry up to 5 years in
prison plus fines. If you have an extensive criminal history, your
sentence could be even longer.
If this is your first offense, however, there’s a good chance that
your sentence will be suspended and that you will be given the
opportunity to serve probation instead of jail time. But long before
that happens, you have an opportunity to clear your name and potentially
avoid a criminal record altogether.
The defense strategy that your attorney decides to use on your case
will depend on the facts of your case, your history, and a variety of
If it’s determined that the police somehow violated your rights when
conducting the search, for instance, we can move to have the evidence
thrown out and the charges dismissed. If you maintain your innocence,
however, we can fight the charges all the way to trial and beyond. Even
if you admit some fault, there is always the chance that we could
negotiate a favorable plea agreement with the prosecutor.
The bottom line is—your case is unique and your defense strategy will
be uniquely tailored to it.
In New Jersey, there is also the chance that your case is eligible
for drug court. If this is the case, you can get help
for any addiction problems while avoiding jail time. Discussing this
option with your attorney will help you understand what is all involved
in the drug court handling of a heroin possession case.
If you are facing charges of heroin possession, contact us today. We
can offer a free consultation and may be able to help you fight these
Matthew Reisig, Attorney at Law
New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer - Freehold, NJ (888) 628-8394 or locally at (732) 625-9660