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Distribution of Cocaine

Union Twp NJ Intent to Distribute Cocaine Attorney

Cocaine Distribution Lawyer in Union County, New Jersey

New Jersey has taken a hard and aggressive stance on cocaine and crack cocaine on the state and federal level. Cocaine Possession with be upgraded to intent to distribute if the officers conclude that you have more cocaine A conviction for distribution or intent to distribute cocaine has the very real possibility ending in state prison incarceration, even for a first time offender. Other penalties can include probation, in-patient drug counseling, community service, loss of your driver’s license, and thousands in fines. Moreover, you will face additional punishment if charged with cocaine distribution within a School Zone or distribution of cocaine within 500 ft of a Public Park or Housing. Getting an experienced criminal attorney involved early on can greatly increase your chances of having your charges downgraded or securing your admittance in Pre-Trial Intervention or Drug Court to avoid jail and even a criminal record. Our firm exclusively represents serious criminal and municipal cases including cocaine distribution throughout New Jersey including Union Township, Rahway, Linden, Roselle Park, Springfield, and Cranford. If you would like to speak with a cocaine criminal lawyer about the circumstances and details of your case then please give our office a call at (908) 838-0150.

2C:35-5 New Jersey Crack and Cocaine Distribution Law

The New Jersey statute for cocaine distribution and intent to distribute is listed below, in pertinent part, for your convenience.

2C:35-5. Manufacturing, distributing or dispensing

a. [I]t shall be unlawful for any person knowingly or purposely:

(1) To manufacture, distribute or dispense, or to possess or have under his control with intent to manufacture, distribute or dispense, [cocaine]…or
(2) To create, distribute, or possess or have under his control with intent to distribute, a counterfeit [cocaine].

b. Any person who violates subsection a. with respect to:

(1) [Cocaine]… in a quantity of five ounces or more including any adulterants or dilutants is guilty of a crime of the first degree. The defendant shall, except as provided in N.J.S.A. 2C:35-12, be sentenced to a term of imprisonment by the court. The term of imprisonment shall include the imposition of a minimum term which shall be fixed at, or between, one-third and one-half of the sentence imposed, during which the defendant shall be ineligible for parole. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection a. of N.J.S.A. 2C:43-3, a fine of up to $500,000.00 may be imposed;

(2) A substance referred to in paragraph (1) of this subsection, in a quantity of one-half ounce or more but less than five ounces, including any adulterants or dilutants is guilty of a crime of the second degree;

(3) A substance referred to in paragraph (1) of this subsection in a quantity less than one-half ounce including any adulterants or dilutants is guilty of a crime of the third degree except that, notwithstanding the provisions of subsection b. of N.J.S.A. 2C:43-3, a fine of up to $75,000.00 may be imposed;

c. Where the degree of the offense for violation of this section depends on the quantity of the substance, the quantity involved shall be determined by the trier of fact. Where the indictment or accusation so provides, the quantity involved in individual acts of manufacturing, distribution, dispensing or possessing with intent to distribute may be aggregated in determining the grade of the offense, whether distribution or dispensing is to the same person or several persons, provided that each individual act of manufacturing, distribution, dispensing or possession with intent to distribute was committed within the applicable statute of limitations.

Degree                                    Weight                                  Penalty

First Degree 5 ounces or more of cocaine 10 – 20 years state prison; presumption of incarceration
Second Degree ½ ounce – less than 5 ounces of cocaine 5 – 10 years state prison; presumption of incarceration
Third Degree Less than ½ ounce of cocaine 3 – 5 years of state prison

Linden NJ Cocaine Distribution Lawyer

The reality is that charges for distribution and intent to distribute cocaine or crack are very serious and usually very complicated because of various suppression issues that must be litigated by an experienced criminal lawyer. For example, we will file and argue issues such as an illegal stop with no probable, unconstitutional searches and seizures of drugs, insufficient Miranda warnings, and improper handling and test of suspect drugs. As founding attorney, William A. Proetta, Esq., has handled over a thousand Superior Court and Municipal Court cases, many involving cocaine and drug distribution charges. We handle cocaine distribution cases throughout New Jersey including Roselle, Kenilworth, Westfield, New Providence, Fanwood, and Summit. So if you would like a free consultation with a cocaine distribution attorney then contact our office for a free initial consultation at (908) 838-0150.