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Monmouth County Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Cocaine Distribution

Cocaine Distribution Lawyers in Freehold NJ

Cocaine, which was once thought of as an 1970’s-1980’s fad has seen a recent come back over the years in Monmouth County. Not only has the number of people arrested for cocaine possession been on the rise but the number of people arrested for either possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute or distributing cocaine is on the rise as well. As we will discuss below the penalties for someone convicted of distributing cocaine in Monmouth County are life changing. The potential penalties not only include a lengthy prison sentence that could be as long as life in prison but fines could reach as high as $200,000 as well. If you have been arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana, distributing cocaine, possessing cocaine, possessing heroin with the intent to distribute or any other drug offense for that matter in Monmouth County, it is imperative that you speak to a experienced criminal defense attorney immediately about your options.

The attorneys at Proetta & Oliver have been representing clients charged distributing drugs in Monmouth County, in towns like Asbury Park, Long Branch, Middletown, Keyport, Freehold, Holmdel, Howell, Union Beach, Neptune and Red Bank for years now. Our firm is solely dedicated to defending those accused of crimes in courts throughout New Jersey, including Monmouth County. Over the years, our attorneys have represented clients charged with being a leader of a narcotics trafficking network, possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute, distributing heroin and manufacturing marijuana. If you would like to come into our office to have a face to face meeting with Mr. Oliver or one of the other attorneys on staff then please contact us directly at (732)858-6959. Please remember that our initial consultations are always free. We can be reached at the aforementioned number 24/7. Now here is some pivotal information on the offense of distributing cocaine.

Asbury Park NJ Cocaine Distribution Lawyer

Cocaine Distribution Charges: N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5

N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5 will govern all potential cocaine distribution offenses including possession of  cocaine with the intent to distribute, manufacturing cocaine and dispensing cocaine.  Although each of the aforementioned offenses is separate and requires different conduct by the Defendant, the potential exposure that the Defendant faces if convicted will all be controlled by the same factor, the amount of cocaine seized. See below for a complete breakdown. Now her is what the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt before a Defendant could be convicted of each offense.

Manufacturing Cocaine in New Jersey: “It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly or purposely to manufacture cocaine” To be convicted of this offense the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt three material elements:

  • The “item” seized was in fact cocaine;
  • The Defendant manufactured the cocaine on the day in question; &
  • The Defendant acted knowingly or purposefully in manufacturing the cocaine.

Distributing Cocaine in New Jersey: “It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly or purposely to distribute cocaine” To be convicted of this offense the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt three material elements:

  • The “item” seized was in fact cocaine;
  • The Defendant distributed the cocaine on the day in question; &
  • The Defendant acted knowingly or purposefully in distributing the cocaine.

Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute in New Jersey: “It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly or purposely to possess or have under his control with intent to distribute  cocaine” To be convicted of this offense the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt three material elements:

  • The “item” seized was in fact cocaine;
  • The Defendant possessed or had under their control cocaine;
  • The Defendant had the intent to distribute the cocaine when they had in under their control;
  • The Defendant acted knowingly or purposefully in possessing or having under their control with the intent to distribute the cocaine.

What are the Penalties for Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute in NJ?

As touched upon above, the quantity of the cocaine possessed at the time of the arrest will dictate in what degree a Defendant is charged with. Here is a complete breakdown, including the applicable penalties if convicted:

1st Degree Felony Cocaine Distribution Lawyer in Freehold NJ:

  • Quantity of Cocaine: More than 5 Ounces
  • If convicted, a Defendant a faces:
    • 10 to 20 Years in State Prison
    • Up to a $200,000 Fine
    • Felony Criminal Record
    • Two Year Loss of Driving Privileges

2nd Degree Felony Cocaine Distribution Lawyer in Asbury Park NJ

  • Quantity of Cocaine: More than 1/2 Ounce but Less than 5 Ounces
  • If convicted, a Defendant a faces:
    • 5 to 10 Years in State Prison
    • Up to a $150,000 Fine
    • Felony Criminal Record
    • Two Year Loss of Driving Privileges

3rd Degree Felony Cocaine Defense Attorneys in Monmouth County NJ:

  • Quantity of Cocaine: Less than 1/2 Ounce
  • If convicted, a Defendant a faces:
    • 3 to 5  Years in State Prison
    • Up to a $35,000 Fine
    • Felony Criminal Record
    • Two Year Loss of Driving Privileges

Brimage? School Zone? Park Zone?

Please keep in mind that the aforementioned charges and potential penalties DO NOT include other potential offenses such as distributing in a school zone or a public park. These are separate offenses and are typically charged in addition to simple distribution charges. In addition, those offenses will automatically fall under what is known as Brimage. Brimage in essence requires a Defendant convicted of certain drug distribution offense to serve not only mandatory prison time but also subject them to mandatory parole ineligibility periods as well.

Cocaine Distribution Defense Lawyer in Neptune NJ

As you can tell from above, the penalties for distributing cocaine can be life changing. If you have been charged with a drug offense in Monmouth County, the Law Offices of Proetta & Oliver can help. Our attorneys represent clients charged with the distribution of marijuana, the possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, the possession of Molly and the possession of cocaine in towns like Asbury Park, Tinton Falls, Manalapan, Marlboro, Neptune City, West Long Branch, Long Branch, Belmar, Middletown, Keansburg, Colts Neck and elsewhere in Monmouth Count. If you would like to set up a free initial consultation today please contact us at (732)858-6959. Our office is located directly across the street from the Middletown Municipal Court at 18 Kings Highway. We can be reached 24/7, please do not hesitate if you have any questions.

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