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Heroin Crimes in Hudson County, NJ

Heroin Crimes in Hudson County, NJ

A heroin epidemic has plagued Hudson County, NJ for the last decades.  This has local law enforcement on a escalated alert for possessors and distributors of this controlled dangerous substance (CDS).  Scan the Jersey Journal and you’ll be able to view numerous reports and press releases about heroin arrests. The problem is acute in Jersey City.  This city ranks third for heroin overdoses in the State of New Jersey.

A charge in Hudson County for possession of heroin is a serious situation for various reasons. Getting convicted not only ends up in a felony record but also tens of thousands in possible fines and years in prison. It is a must that you enlist a seasoned criminal defense attorney if you were charged with heroin possession in Jersey City, West New York, Hoboken, Secaucus or another local municipality. Representation by a well-informed attorney will give you a fighting chance to avoid conviction and other negative results that come from this outcome.

Facing Heroin Possession Charges in Hudson County

George FernandezGeorge Fernandez
14:16 30 Apr 24
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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!
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19:26 19 Apr 24
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18:08 18 Apr 24
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17:48 18 Apr 24
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20:45 15 Mar 24
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16:26 15 Mar 24
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01:37 25 Jan 24
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The statute pertaining to possession of heroin is N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(1). It provides that:

  1. It is unlawful for any person, knowingly or purposely, to obtain, or to possess, actually or constructively, a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog, unless the substance was obtained directly, or pursuant to a valid prescription or order form from a practitioner, while acting in the course of his professional practice, or except as otherwise authorized by P.L.1970, c.226 (C.24:21-1 et seq.). Any person who violates this section with respect to:

(1) A controlled dangerous substance, or its analog, classified in Schedule I, II, III or IV other than those specifically covered in this section, is guilty of a crime of the third degree except that, notwithstanding the provisions of subsection b. of N.J.S.2C:43-3, a fine of up to $35,000.00 may be imposed;

One of the key details of this law is the fact that possession can be either actual or constructive. Actual possession is the most common basis for an arrest under 2C:35-10 and applies if the accused has direct physical control over the heroin. Constructive possession applies if heroin isn’t physically on the person of the accused but when he/she knows it’s present and has both the intention and ability to exercise control over it in the future.

Another important detail to bear in mind is that a defendant must knowingly or purposely possess heroin in order to be convicted for possession. In other words, an individual must know that the drug is present to be in violation of this law.

Which Elements Must The Hudson County Prosecutor Establish To Convict Someone For Possession of Heroin?

Three (3) fundamental elements that each must be established beyond reasonable doubt to convict for heroin possession. The model criminal jury charge for CDS possession obligates the state to prove that:


  1. The evidence seized was indeed heroin;
  2. The accused actually or constructively had the drug; and
  3. The conduct of the defendant was knowing or purposeful.

What Penalties Are There for Heroin Possession?

Possessing heroin is a third degree crime. According to the New Jersey criminal code, a defendant convicted for third degree possession of heroin could get sentenced to up to five (5) years in state prison, fined up to $35,000 and open to a host of other penalties (such as 6-12 month driver’s license suspension). They would also have a felony criminal record for possession of heroin that will show up every time an employer, licensing board, immigration or another entity performs a background check.


Do Enhanced Penalties Apply When Heroin Is Possessed In A School Zone?

Yes, they do.  Although possession in a school zone does not result in a separate charge like distribution in a school zone, it nevertheless results in enhanced penalties. Possession within 1,000 feet of school grounds in Harrison, Union City, Bayonne, Weehawken or another district triggers a requirement that a defendant must also serve a minimum 100 hours of community service.

Are There Diversionary Programs To Avoid A Conviction A Third Degree Offense For Possession?

A first time offender can apply for Pretrial Intervention (“PTI”). If the Hudson County Probation Department approves the application and the prosecutor doesn’t object, you can be admitted into PTI. The related charge is dismissed successfully upon completion of 1-3 years probation under the program.

Heroin Possession Defense Attorney in Jersey City

Indeed, the penalties for a New Jersey heroin charge can be life altering. Whether a motion to suppress an improper search or seizure, a motor vehicle stop unsupported by reasonable suspicion of traffic violation or some other basis, you can rely on the knowledge and skill of our lawyers to get you a favorable result. To discuss facts in your heroin case with a lawyer on our team, contact us anytime.

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