Fight a New Jersey Methamphetamine Possession Charge!
When you’re charged with methamphetamine possession in New Jersey,
your outlook may not be so bright. You know the odds are stacked against
you and there’s a good chance that you will have to serve jail time.
But, it’s not too late. With the help of a local defense attorney, you
may be able to minimize the effects of these charges on your life.
Meth is a highly addictive drug, and one that carries a serious
stigma. When you are arrested for meth possession, you may be completely
humiliated and scared of what people will think. But, your reputation
isn’t the only thing on the line—your freedom is too.
New Jersey Meth Possession Penalties
Like heroin and cocaine, methamphetamines are treated as a dangerous
controlled substance under New Jersey law. Possession of meth is
classified as a third degree criminal offense. If
convicted, you will face up to 5 years in prison and fines.
If this is your first offense of this nature, however, your sentence
will likely be suspended and you will serve probation in lieu of jail
time. On the other hand, if you have an extensive criminal history, the
judge will be far more likely to sentence you to a lengthy term.
There are many ways in which your defense lawyer can fight the
charges you are facing. If it can be determined that the cops somehow
violated your rights when executing the search or when making your
arrest, the case could ultimately be thrown out of court. Because your
constitutional rights are the main priority of your attorney, they will
definitely want to ensure the cops acted well within their legal limits.
Your attorney could also opt to argue that the drugs were not yours.
If other people were present at the time, perhaps the meth belonged to
one of them. You may have a perfectly logical explanation for the events
that led up to your arrest. It would be your attorneys job to ensure
your side of the story is heard loud and clear.
Even if you admit to possessing meth, your attorney could work with
the prosecution to come to a mutually beneficial plea agreement. The
vast majority of cases like this end in plea agreement, where you admit
guilt in exchange for a lenient sentence.
Other alternatives exist, including drug courts which could provide
you with a chance to get treatment if you admit to needing help. Your
attorney will be able to help you determine if this is a viable choice
in your case.
Every meth possession case is different, and knowing the right
defense strategy for your case comes after an in depth discussion and
investigation. It all starts, however, with a consultation.
If you are facing charges of methamphetamine possession, contact our
offices today to discuss the details and how we might be able to help.
Matthew Reisig, Attorney at Law
New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer - Freehold, NJ (888) 628-8394 or locally at (732) 625-9660