If you’re convicted of Tampering with food, drugs, or cosmetics in New Jersey, you’ll be in violation of the statute N.J.S.A. 2C:40-17(a), which makes it a crime of the third degree for a person to knowingly tamper with one of the above mentioned items.
As a crime of the third degree, Tampering carries a prison sentence of three to five years in New Jersey, plus fines of up to $15,000. Importantly, crimes of the third degree include a presumption of non-incarceration.
Serving your sentence under supervision, rather than incarceration, may be an option assuming that no one was badly hurt by the tampering in question. These are considerations that an experienced lawyer is best able to evaluate for you.
If you’ve been charged with Tampering under 2C:40-17(a), talk to an experienced lawyer right away. Call Matthew Reisig at 732-385-3339 for a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney.