About Drug Sales Charges & Penalties
Anyone arrested for selling drugs is in a serious situation. Prosecutors are determined to stamp out drug trafficking by getting as many convictions as possible on as many charges as possible. Police officers are always on the alert for the possibility of making a “drug bust”. Just because you have been arrested doesn’t mean there is no hope. Consult a Bergen County criminal defense attorney with experience in aggressively challenging the prosecutor’s evidence in court.
Sales Lawyer in Hackensack, NL
New Jersey laws on the sale of illegal drugs are among the toughest in the country. The penalties for selling drugs become more severe for larger amounts of drugs or depending upon the type of drug involved. Whenever possible a prosecutor will increase the severity of the charges. Simple possession for your personal use may become possession with intent to distribute. Even a first offense could result in 20 years or more in prison and fines of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Penalties are increased when the offense occurs within 1000 feet of a school or within 500 feet of public buildings and parks. Police officers and undercover investigators must follow certain procedures which do not violate your rights. A skilled sales lawyer at the firm will scrutinize the actions of the officers involved in your case for any violations of your constitutional rights. Investigators can skip a step or fail to observe proper procedure which can make evidence inadmissible. The most important rule for you to follow is do not under any circumstances answer questions or talk to the police without your legal counsel present.
The firm represents clients facing charges of possession or selling drugs such as marijuana, methadone, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and other illegal and controlled substances in Hackensack, Teaneck and Bergen County. If you or a loved one is charged with selling, intent to sell or another drug crime, consult a talented criminal defense lawyer at The Law Offices of Benjamin Kelsen to discuss your case and your options.