Criminal Defense & Drug Attorneys at Hoffman DiMuzio
Being accused of a crime is a traumatic experience. The accusation alone can have long-lasting effects on your life and the lives of your loved ones. If you’re facing an arrest for a crime, competent legal representation from an experienced attorney is critically important.
The law firm of Hoffman DiMuzio has a highly experienced team of criminal attorneys who have handled hundreds of criminal cases. Our criminal defense and drug attorneys work aggressively to protect your rights while fighting for justice.
Drug Crimes In New Jersey
In New Jersey, a conviction for a drug offense carries with it very serious penalties including potential prison time and the loss of your driver’s license. Depending on various factors that are unique to the facts of a particular case, drug offenses can be charged as either a First, Second, Third, or Fourth Degree Crime, or alternatively, as a Disorderly Persons Offense.
Drug Penalties In New Jersey
The degree of crime for a drug charge is often dependent on type and quantity of the particular drug (controlled dangerous substance) involved. In addition, the degree of crime for a drug charge is dependent on the individual’s intention with respect the drug in question (i.e. intent to sell or distribute versus intent to use for personal consumption).
The penalties for criminal offenses in New Jersey based on the degree of the offense are outlined below:
Drug Felonies (Indictable Drug Offenses):
- First Degree Crime: 10 to 20 years in prison and up to a $200,000 fine
- Second Degree Crime: 5 to 10 years in prison and up to a $150,000 fine
- Third Degree Crime: 3 to 5 years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine
- Fourth Degree Crime: up to 18 months in prison and up to a $10,000 fine
Drug Misdemeanors (Disorderly Persons Offenses):
- Disorderly Persons Offense: up to 6 months in county jail and up to a $1000 fine
- Petty Disorderly Persons Offense: up to 30 days in county jail and up to a $500 fine
In addition to the penalties outlined above, there are additional penalties that are uniquely attached to drug offenses, including additional financial penalties and the potential loss of your driver’s license for a period between six (6) months and two (2) years.
The license loss is not mandatory and can be avoided if we can show that the license loss would cause a hardship, such as the inability to keep a job or receive necessary medical treatment without a license.
Experienced criminal defense attorneys can help you make the best argument possible to ensure that the judge does not suspend your driver’s license.
Given the serious penalties outlined above for a drug conviction, it is very important that you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who can thoroughly examine the unique facts and circumstances of your case and present any legal defenses to the charges on your behalf.
Conditional Discharge and Pre Trial Intervention
Depending on the degree and nature of the particular drug crime charged, the criminal defense attorneys at Hoffman DiMuzio are frequently successful in helping clients with no prior criminal convictions getting accepted into a diversionary program such as the Conditional Discharge, Conditional Dismissal, or Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) programs.
Programs such as these, if accepted, offer first time offenders the opportunity to avoid a criminal conviction on his or her record.
The criminal defense attorneys at Hoffman DiMuzio have helped hundreds of clients gain admission into these diversionary programs by showing prosecutors the reasons why a particular client of ours is worthy of admission.
Hiring A Criminal Defense Attorney
The criminal defense attorneys at Hoffman DiMuzio have the knowledge and experience to defend those charged with the most serious of crimes, including drug offenses.
Depending on the facts of your particular case, we may be able to work toward having your charges dismissed by convincing the prosecutor that he or she can not prove the case against you beyond a reasonable doubt.
Additionally, even in those cases where the prosecution’s proofs are so strong that it would not be in a client’s best interest to take his or her case to trial and risk facing the maximum punishment prescribed by law, the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Hoffman DiMuzio are frequently successful at getting the charges reduced while also helping clients avoid a license suspension and prison time.
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