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Cocaine Possession Defense Lawyer in NJ

Cocaine Possession Defense Lawyer in NJ

A conviction on simple possession of cocaine in New Jersey can get you up to five years behind bars and a fine as high as $35,000. However, with representation from an experienced New Jersey criminal defense lawyer, you could avoid jail and fines if found guilty. Charges against you could even be dismissed.

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New Jersey Cocaine Possession Charges

Possession of any quantity of cocaine or its analog (similar drug) is a third-degree indictable crime in New Jersey. Penalties for possession of cocaine and crack are based on:

  • The weight of the drugs
  • Where the possession occurred
  • If the drugs were for the suspect’s own use or with intent to distribute

Simple possession of cocaine or crack carries a maximum of 5 years inside. A presumption against incarceration exists if the defendant has no priors for indictable crimes. Additionally, a suspect charged with third-degree possession is generally eligible for pretrial intervention (PTI) if it’s their first time.

George FernandezGeorge Fernandez
14:16 30 Apr 24
Excellent 10 out of 10, Helped resolve my case. Jeremy explained everything and made everything easy to understand.
21:33 24 Apr 24
If you are looking for a lawyer that listens, is aggressive where needed, and holds his word above all else, Todd is the best pick. I had hired multiple attorneys prior to hiring the Spodek Group for a white collar case. The first thing that stood out to me was the cost, as anyone going through the process and dealing with the system, money was tight at that time - especially after hiring and firing multiple lawyers. The cost was not as high as others which was definitely a plus. Todd's intake process was also unlike other attorneys. He took the time to actually listen. He cared. He was trying to put himself in my shoes while I was explaining the situation to him and he really took the time to understand the whole situation. Other lawyers will give you 15 mins and send you a retainer agreement. Not Todd, I think he spent almost two hours with me as I was explaining everything.Not only was he great during the onboarding process, he was supportive and very informative through the entire plea process and eventually sentencing. After hiring him, I asked if I should hire a prison consultant, he told me to save my money as he would do everything they would. He was right and held up to his word. Later on I would hear from others that went with the prison consultants that they were a waste of money - I am glad I listened to Todd!When it came time for sentencing, two days prior to sentencing, the prosecutor tried increasing my proposed prison time by almost double - apparently a normal move. Todd and his team worked with me non-stop through the weekend prior to sentencing to ensure that I was not given additional prison time. Again, he took the time to listen and came up with a strategy to explain the case with great detail.Unfortunately, I did plead guilty as that was my best option. Todd and his whole team wrote up nearly 300 pages of a summary of what happened and why I should not be given prison time. If I breakdown the amount I spent with Todd versus the amount of work that I saw being done, I am shocked I was not charged four times as much. The other benefit was, a lot of criminal defense lawyers were just a single attorney with a paralegal or two. Todd had a team of people that I dealt with (5-7 people that I interacted with), but he was ALWAYS accessible. It would never take him more than an hour to reply unless he was in court.I was sentenced to prison and I was emotionally distraught. Todd and his team did whatever they could even after sentencing to make sure I was alright. He personally stayed in touch with my family to ensure I was doing alright and offered support to them. Most lawyers would consider the job complete at sentencing, not Todd.After prison, Todd still spent time with me to make sure I was on the right track and avoiding any potential risks in the future. He has also been giving advice on how to navigate probation etc and has not been looking at the clock for billing.Although I wish I had never been arrested in the first place, I am glad I had Todd and his team in my corner. Without them I likely would have had to spend a lot more time in prison than I did.Thank you, Todd, and the entire Spodek Law team, for helping turn what was a nightmare into a manageable situation!
Yelva Saint-PreuxYelva Saint-Preux
19:26 19 Apr 24
I am immensely grateful to the entire team at Spodek Law Group for their unwavering dedication and exceptional expertise throughout my case. From our initial consultation to the final resolution, their professionalism and tireless advocacy made all the difference. Their strategic approach and attention to detail instilled confidence in me every step of the way.Thanks to their hard work and commitment, we achieved a truly favorable outcome that exceeded my expectations. Not only did they navigate the complexities of my case with precision, but they also provided invaluable support and guidance during what was undoubtedly a challenging time. I cannot recommend Spodek Law Group highly enough, especially attorneys Todd Spodek and Claire Banks; they are beacons of excellence in the legal profession.YSP.
Katherine SunKatherine Sun
18:08 18 Apr 24
my lawyer is Alex Zhik. Efficient, patient and professional
Nun yaNun ya
17:48 18 Apr 24
Todd, Ralph and Alex are amazing. Helped my husband get from a double digit number with multiple charges to a single digit, by the time I blink he will be out. They very professional and help with all your needs. They dealt with my anxiety and worry very well and they understand that your family member needs to get home as soon as possible.
Keisha ParrisKeisha Parris
20:45 15 Mar 24
Believe every single review here about Alex Z!! From our initial consultation, it was evident that Alex possessed a profound understanding of criminal law and a fierce dedication to his clients rights. Throughout the entirety of my case, Alex exhibited unparalleled professionalism and unwavering commitment. What sets Alex apart is not only his legal expertise but also his genuine compassion for his clients. He took the time to thoroughly explain my case, alleviating any concerns I had along the way. His exact words were “I’m not worried about it”. His unwavering support and guidance were invaluable throughout the entire process. I am immensely grateful for Alex's exceptional legal representation and wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Alex Z is not just a lawyer; he is a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of the legal system. If you find yourself in need of a dedicated and competent legal advocate, look no further than Alex Z.
Taïko BeautyTaïko Beauty
16:26 15 Mar 24
I don’t know where to start, I can write a novel about this firm, but one thing I will say is that having my best interest was their main priority since the beginning of my case which was back in Winter 2019. Miss Claire Banks, one of the best Attorneys in the firm represented me very well and was very professional, respectful, and truthful. Not once did she leave me in the dark, in fact she presented all options and routes that could possibly be considered for my case and she reinsured me that no matter what I decided to do, her and the team will have my back and that’s exactly what happened. Not only will I be liberated from this case, also, I will enjoy my freedom and continue to be a mother to my first born son and will have no restrictions with accomplishing my goals in life. Now that’s what I call victory!! I thank the Lord, My mother, Claire, and the Spodek team for standing by me and fighting with me. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have the opportunity to work with this team. I’m very satisfied, very pleased with their performance, their hard work, and their diligence.Thank you team!
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01:37 25 Jan 24
I recently had Spodek Law Group represent me for a legal matter in NYC and I am thoroughly impressed with their services.Alex Zhik secured the best possible outcome for my case.It was a seamless journey from the initial consultation to the resolution of my legal matter. From the moment I spoke to Todd about my case, his enthusiasm to help was evident, setting a positive tone for the entire experience. The efficiency and professionalism displayed by the team is commendable.A particularly noteworthy aspect of their service is their user-friendly portal to upload your documents/evidence. This not only simplified the process, but showcases their commitment to streamline the client experience.Lastly, in an industry where legal fees can often be a concern, I found their pricing to be very reasonable, making needing legal assistance feel accessible and stress-free.I am grateful for their support and wouldn't hesitate to turn to them again in the future.

Conviction for manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing cocaine carries mandatory jail term and fines. Possessing half an ounce to 5 ounces for distribution carries a maximum of 10 years. Five ounces or more for distribution carries a maximum of 20 years, of which one third to one half (6.6 to 10 years) must be served.

Fines as high as $75,000 for less than half an ounce to up to $500,000 for more than 5 ounces may be levied.

There are harsher penalties for simple possession or distribution of cocaine in a:

  • School zone or school bus
  • Public housing project
  • Public park

Indictment for cocaine possession in New Jersey is serious, but nothing is written in stone on your arrest or indictment. Numerous steps are in the process ahead. With proper legal representation, opportunities to avoid harsh penalties or even a verdict of guilt abound.

N.J. Cocaine Possession Charges: Potential Defenses

Events surrounding a charge of simple possession, or possession with intent to distribute cocaine or crack cocaine can become quite convoluted. Although facts in your case can result in exposure to worse penalties, they could also provide additional opportunities to defend you.

There are numerous possible ways your case could get thrown out, charges could get reduced, or you could be found not guilty.

Your lawyer will investigate the charges against. As former prosecutors, we can spot and challenge weak cases.

Some questions we will seek answers to:

  • Did a officer discover cocaine while patting you down for a weapon?
  • Were you read your Miranda rights upon arrest or detention?
  • Can the “chain of custody” of the cocaine be verified?
  • Are lab results valid, or is there evidence of problems with the lab equipment that returned the results?
  • Is this a case of mistaken identity because of confusion at the time of arrest or a flawed lineup, or were you named in another incorrect manner?

We will leave no stone unturned as we seek and point out errors in the prosecution’s case. It is common for prosecutors to agree to reduce or dismiss cocaine possession charges if they know we are the defense team and have raised valid questions about their case.

Diversion Programs For N.J. Cocaine Possession Cases

New Jersey has two primary diversion programs for nonviolent offenders and first-time offenders.

Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI) places the defendant under court supervision for 1 to 3 years. It could require submission to psychological and/or drug and alcohol evaluations, compliance with treatment programs, and random urine testing. Successfully completing all conditions of PTI, can reduce charges or keep your record clean.

Drug Court is a probation that imposes intensive supervision in the form of frequent drug testing and court appearances, and tightly structured regimens of treatment and recovery programs. Participants can also get counseling and other resources to help them with job training, education, and health care.

These are serious programs for people who have a real desire to deal with drug abuse issues. We can advise you about possible entry into PTI or Drug Court.

Additionally, New Jersey’s veterans diversion program for active and retired members of the military, including the reserves, can help those accused of nonviolent crimes and diagnosed with a mental illness, or have demonstrated such symptoms to law enforcement, friends, or family members. You can avoid trial, and if you complete the program successfully, charges can get expunged from your records. There are many opportunities for positive outcomes if you have an experienced and hard-working criminal defense team on your team. Call our N.J. drug defense attorneys today to learn how we can help.

Talk to Our N.J. Defense Attorneys About Your Cocaine Charges

There is much at stake if you were charged with cocaine possession in New Jersey, but an arrest or indictment does not have to result in a guilty verdict. Reach out to our respected New Jersey drug crime attorneys today for a free legal consultation.

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