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Drug Possession Lawyer in Holmdel New Jersey

Holmdel NJ Drug Charge Attorneys

Need a Local Lawyer in Holmdel for Drug Charge

Holmdel Township, which is nestled in the northern region of Monmouth County, is known for being one of the more desirable locations to live, due in large part to its well respected public school system as well as its beautiful parks. Although it is regarded as one of more affluent towns in all of Monmouth County, it unfortunately is not immune to its fair share of crime year in and year out. Between July of 2018 and June of 2019, Holmdel Township saw more than 1,500 disorderly persons offense (misdemeanors) and just under 200 indictable offenses (felony) being charged. Although the PNC Bank Art Center, which is patrolled by the New Jersey State Police is responsible for issuing a fair amount of those charges, the Holmdel Township Police Department certainly issues its fair share. One of the more common types of criminal offenses we see being issued in Holmdel Township are drug charges, including the possession, possession with the intent to distribute as well as distribution. As you will see below, the type of drug in question as well as the specific type of drug charge will dictate what court will have jurisdiction over the charges.

Regardless of whether you have been charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams, possession of a THC Vape Pen or the distribution of heroin in Holmdel Township, we strongly urge that you speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney about your options. The potential ramifications for a drug charge, even one of the more minor ones, can still have a crippling effect on the individual’s life. Irrespective of the potential jail time, being saddled with a drug conviction could have significant collateral impacts on your life, including but not limited to obtaining employment, enrollment in college and receiving professional licenses. If your or a loved one has been charged with a drug related offense in Holmdel Township and would like to speak to one of our Holmdel Township drug charge lawyers on staff at Proetta, Oliver & Fay about your options, please contact our Middletown office at 732.858.6959. We are located just a couple miles away from the Holmdel Municipal Court.

Do I Need a Lawyer for a Drug Charge in Holmdel?

It should be no secret by now that New Jersey takes drug offenses seriously, especially considering the war on drugs we have been battling for more than a decade now. This includes even the lowest of level of offenses like the possession of marijuana under 50 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia. New Jersey as a whole, including Holmdel Township has become extremely proactive in not only investigating and charging those accused of possessing and distributing drugs but in the prosecution of those individuals as well.

What to Expect for a Sentence on a Drug Charge in Holmdel?

Typically the drug in question and in certain circumstances, the quantity will dictate what degree of a drug charge the individual is facing. In turn, the degree of the charge will then dictate what the potential exposure for that offense is. For example, anyone charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of THC Oil, failure to turn over a controlled dangerous substance or loitering for the purpose of of obtaining a controlled dangerous substance will be facing a disorderly persons offense. Anyone convicted of a disorderly persons offense will be facing the following penalties:

  • 6 Months in Jail
  • $1,000 Fine
  • $500 DEDR Assessment
  • $50 Laboratory Assessment
  • $30 LEO Assessment
  • $50 VVCO Assessment
  • $75 SNSF Assessment
  • 6 Month Loss of License
  • Probation
  • Community Service

Conversely, charged with the possession of cocaine, heroin, MDMA, crystal meth, Xanax, Oxycontin or crack cocaine will be facing a third degree indictable offense. Anyone convicted of a third degree drug offense in New Jersey will be subjected to the following potential penalties:

  • 5 Years in Prison
  • $35,000 Fine
  • $1000 DEDR Assessment
  • $50 Laboratory Assessment
  • $30 LEO Assessment
  • $50 VVCO Assessment
  • $75 SNSF Assessment
  • 6 Month Loss of License
  • Probation
  • Community Service
  • Court Mandated Treatment
  • Felony Conviction

If the individual is alleged to have been distributing the controlled dangerous substance, then the quantity of the drug will dictate what degree of an offense the individual is facing. For example, anyone alleged to have possessed less than 1/2 ounce of a controlled dangerous substance (cocaine, heroin, MDMA etc.) then they will be charged with a crime of the third degree. If the quantity was in excess of 1/2 ounce but less than 5 ounces they will be facing a second degree felony. Lastly, if the quantity is greater than 5 ounces they will be facing a first degree felony. The potential penalties drastically increase as the degree of the charge does. For more information on those penalties, please click the corresponding links.

Where do I go to Court for a Drug Arrest in Holmdel?

All disorderly persons drug offense that occur within Holmdel Township will be sent the Holmdel Municipal Court, which is located at 4 Crawfords Corner. Judge Mary Casey will be presiding over the case and the prosecutor will be Sean Kean, Esq. However, all indictable offenses need to be transferred from the Holmdel Municipal Court to the Monmouth County Superior Court, Criminal Division, which is located in Freehold for litigation. An assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor will be assigned to prosecute the case. For more information on the Monmouth County Superior Courthouse, please click the link.

Need to Speak to a Local Attorney in Holmdel for Drug Charge

Proetta, Oliver and Fay is a Monmouth County based criminal defense firm that is located just a couple miles away from the Holmdel Municipal Court. If you have been charged with a drug offense and would like to speak to one of our Holmdel criminal defense attorneys today, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at 732.858.6959 or you can try contacting us online. We also defend those accused of domestic violence, simple assault, disorderly conduct, driving while intoxicated and those arrested for underage drinking at PNC Bank Art Center. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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