A mandatory minimum sentence is a legal guideline that judges are required to follow, mandating that conviction for a particular crime must result in a sentence of at least a given amount of time.
The mandatory minimum concept evolved in response to wide disparities in sentencing, especially for drug crimes, as some judges rejected the punitive approach to addiction that was in fashion in earlier decades.
In New Jersey, a drug conviction might result in a sentence of 3-5 years, with a three year mandatory minimum. During the three year period, you won’t be eligible for parole or any other early release option.
The important thing to remember is that drug prosecutions fail every day in New Jersey, and they fail most often when defendants are represented by experienced lawyers who know how to shield their clients.
If you’ve been charged with a drug crime in New Jersey, call attorney Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9661 for a free consultation with a criminal defense attorney.