Monmouth County NJ Steroid Lawyers
Have you been arrested and charged with the possession of steroids? If so, it is crucial that you speak to an experienced Monmouth County criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Regardless of whether you were caught possessing Testosterone, Winstrol, Dianabol, Anavar, Deca or any other steroid for that matter, you will be facing a third degree felony offense. A conviction for a third degree felony offense can have life changing consequences. Conversely, if it is alleged that you were distributing steroids, possessing them with the intent to distribute, or manufacturing them, the potential penalties can drastically increase. In fact, depending on the quantity of the steroids in question, you could be facing a first degree felony. Over the years, New Jersey as a whole but more importantly Monmouth County, has seen the number of steroid arrests rise. As such, they tend to not only investigate but prosecute these types of cases more seriously then they once may have. If you have been charged with possessing and/or distributing steroids in Monmouth County, the Law Offices of Proetta & Oliver can help. We serve all of Monmouth County, including towns like Middletown, Holmdel, Red Bank, Freehold, Manalapan, Marlboro, Tinton Falls, Eatontown, Belmar, Atlantic Highlands, Aberdeen and Colts Neck. To speak to one of our Monmouth County criminal defense attorneys today, then please contact us at 732.858.6959.
Being charged with a criminal offense can be nerve wracking, especially when it is a felony. At Proetta & Oliver, we feel that once you hire the right attorney, someone who not only specializes in criminal law but someone who is familiar with the specific courts, can go a long way to alleviating a lot of the stress you feel. If you would like to speak to one of our criminal defense attorneys about the specifics of your case and how we think we can be of assistance, then please contact us at 732.858.6959. Our attorneys are well aware that no two clients, let alone no two cases are the same. As such, we take a tremendous amount of pride in being able to adapt our representation to fulfill your needs and as always, our initial consultations are free of cost. Now here is some more information on steroid charges in New Jersey.
Wall NJ Steroid Possession Lawyer
Steroids in New Jersey have been classified as a Schedule III controlled dangerous substance. Therefore, anyone caught possessing steroids will be prosecuted under NJSA 2C:35-10a(1). This happens to be the same section of the New Jersey criminal code that covers all other drug possession offenses, like heroin, cocaine, marijuana, MDMA etc. When it comes to possession charges, the key is too look at both the underlying search and/or seizure surrounding the incident. Like all other drug related arrests, some form of a search and seizure took place when someone is arrested for possessing steroids. This is a great area for a criminal defense attorney to seek an attack. If there is an area to exploit, a motion to suppress may be pursued and if successful, the charges could be dismissed outright. Another area to look to exploit could be the underlying “possession” theory. Is the prosecution trying to prove that the Defendant “actually possessed”, “constructively possessed” or “jointly possessed” the steroids? Depending on their theory and the facts surrounding the incident, this could be a good area to exploit if the State is seeking to prosecute on a “constructive” and/or “joint” possession theory.
Is There Jail Time for Possession of Steroids in NJ?
Regardless of the steroid possessed, a Defendant caught possessing steroids will be facing a third degree felony offense. That is regardless of whether it was one pill or just a tiny bit left in a vial, the Defendant will still be facing a third degree felony. Under New Jersey law, anyone convicted of a third degree felony will be facing a five (5) year prison sentence, $35,000 fine, a felony conviction and a six (6) month loss of license. With that being said, depending on the Defendant’s prior criminal history and the underlying facts of the case, they may be eligible for a diversionary program like a Conditional Discharge, Pretrial Intervention or Drug Court. Each one of these programs operate a little differently, but if a Defendant successfully completes the Pretrial Intervention or the Conditional Discharge Program then the underlying criminal charges will be outright dismissed. For more information on these programs, please contact our Middletown office at 732.858.6959.
Freehold NJ Steroid Distribution Lawyers
Like all other drug distribution charges in New Jersey, anyone alleged to have been distributing, possessing with the intent to distribute or manufacturing steroids, they will be prosecuted under NJSA 2C:35-5. The quantity of the steroid in question will dictate what degree a Defendant is facing. A Defendant could be facing either a first, second or third degree felony.
Here is a helpful chart that breakdowns what the state must prove for each offense.
Possession with the Intent to Distribute
|The State must prove that the Defendant possessed or had under their control, a quantity of steroids and that their intent was to distribute them.|
|The State must prove that the Defendant knowingly or purposely distributed a specific quantity of steroids to another.|
|The State must prove that the Defendant knowingly or purposely manufactured a specific quantity of steroids.|
Here is a chart that breaks down the different degrees and the potential penalties that exist if convicted.
More than 5 Ounces
More than 1/2 Ounce But Less than 5 oz
Less than 1/2 Ounce
Steroid Possession Defense Attorneys in Middletown NJ
As you can see from reading above, regardless of whether you have been arrested for possessing or distributing steroids, the penalties if convicted can be life changing. If you have been arrested for the distributing heroin, the possession of marijuana, the possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, the possession of MDMA or any other drug offense for that matter, the Law Offices of Proetta & Oliver can help. Our office is well aware of what a felony drug conviction can do to someone’s life. That is one of the many reasons that we are dedicated to making sure that we leave no stone unturned when it comes to defending our clients. If you would like to come into our Middletown office and discuss your options with one of our criminal defense attorneys, then please contact us at 732.858.6959. We appear in courts throughout Monmouth County, including Hazlet, Howell, Matawan, Belmar, Long Branch, Ocean Township, Asbury Park and Wall Township. So, if you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us.