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New Jersey Heroin Charges and Penalties

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It’s a dangerous street drug that is highly addictive and can ruin the lives of those it touches.

In New Jersey, a conviction for possession of heroin or possession of heroin with intent to distribute can result in harsh penalties, including jail time, hefty fines, suspension or revocation of your driver’s license, and mandatory drug counseling. If you or someone you care about is facing heroin or other drug charges in New Jersey, it is critical that you contact a knowledgeable, experienced New Jersey drug crimes attorney today.

As a former prosecutor and now as a criminal defense lawyer, I understand New Jersey’s drug laws and how New Jersey courts and prosecutors sentence those convicted of drug offenses.

Heroin Charges are Among the Most Serious Drug Crimes in New Jersey

New Jersey classifies heroin as a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS). This means it has a high potential for abuse and no acceptable medical use in treating patients. This classification also places heroin-related charges among the most serious drug offenses in the state. Possession of heroin is a crime of the third degree, punishable by up to 5 years in prison, a fine of up to $35,000, and a mandatory 6 month driver’s license suspension.

Possession of heroin with the intent to sell or distribute it is an even more serious crime. Punishments for possession of heroin with intent to distribute vary depending on the amount of heroin possessed:

  • Possession of more than 5 ounces of heroin is a crime of the first degree. Conviction may result in up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.
  • Possession of more than a ½ ounce but less than 5 ounces of heroin is a crime of the second degree, punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $150,000
  • Possession of less than a ½ ounce of heroin is a crime of the third degree punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $75,000.

Heroin Distribution Near a School May Result in More Severe Penalties

New Jersey takes a hard stance against people who expose our state’s children to heroin. A conviction for possession of heroin with the intent to distribute it in the area near a school may result in additional penalties, including a mandatory 1 to 3 year prison sentence without eligibility for parole.

Facing Heroin Charges? Contact an Experienced New Jersey Drug Crimes Attorney Today

If you or someone you care about is facing charges for possession of heroin, or possession of heroin with intent to distribute it in New Jersey, I encourage you to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney today. New Jersey drug charges are serious, and you need an experienced, aggressive criminal defense lawyer who will give you the best defense possible.

Contact me today at The Slaven Law Firm, LLC for a free initial consultation. I work with people throughout central New Jersey, including Middlesex County, Burlington County, and Mercer County. Call me at (609) 587-3250, or complete my online form.