Substance abuse is a problem worldwide. In New Jersey, our laws are some of the most penal in the country for drug users and abusers. Arrests for simple possession of drugs can lead to prison, probation, drug court, and high fines. You also face the possible loss of your driver’s license if you are found guilty of these crimes, which may affect your ability to work and take care of your family. Even as New Jersey contemplates legalization of marijuana, abuse of heroin, cocaine, prescription drugs, designer drugs, and steroids carry these stiff penalties.
New Jersey is even harsher on those who possess drugs with the intent to distribute them, and those who engage in the sale of drugs. Mandatory prison sentences, extremely costly fines, and long periods of probation are just some of the possible consequences of these types of crimes. Sadly, the structure of the distribution statutes in New Jersey makes it much easier than you would think to be charged with such a crime.
The laws are quickly changing in 2020 regarding drug crimes in New Jersey. A ballot initiative in November, 2020 has paved the way for the legalization of small quantities of cannabis. Having an attorney on your side who understands the changing legal realities will be even more important as the laws are amended. These changes do not eliminate the possibility you could be arrested for a cannabis crime – there are still going to be violations of the law that could cause you great problems in New Jersey.
If you have been charged with a drug crime, you need representation that can focus on your well-being from both a criminal and substance abuse perspective. Some people need help, and the first person who can identify this and aid you is a good attorney.
William Quirk has handled hundreds of drug cases in his career and has the experience necessary to guide you through the process of a drug case. He has worked with clinical professionals who can give you the assistance for your addiction as he handles your criminal matter. A multifaceted approach can reap benefits for many defendants, as they try to get their lives back on track.
There are many options available to try and resolve these cases. At the municipal court level, recent changes to plea bargaining has allowed attorneys to seek resolutions on some lower level drug possession cases that would avoid a drug conviction.
Attorneys must present substantial information to the prosecutor and to the court justifying such a resolution. Having an attorney who has handled these cases for years allows you to feel comfortable that your best interests will be protected. An advocate like William Quirk can turn a bad situation into something much more manageable due to his experience and knowledge.