Cocaine has steadily gained notoriety as one of the most popular recreational and party drugs in New Jersey among teenagers, young adults and professionals alike. However, in an effort to curb this popularity, New Jersey has taken a very hard stance of defendants found to be in possession of coke. For instance, it is a third degree indictable felony offense to simply possess cocaine – no matter how small the amount. In fact, we have handled cases where defendants were charged with cocaine possession from residue left over on a mirror or in a baggie. At Proetta & Oliver, our criminal defense attorneys have literally handled thousands of criminal charges over the years including numerous cocaine cases. We represent clients arrested for cocaine throughout New Jersey including Weehawken, Secaucus, Jersey City, West New York, North Bergen, Bayonne, and Kearny. If you would like to discuss the details of your case and learn more about potential representation, then contact us today (201) 793-8018 for a free consultation with an experienced cocaine defense lawyer or to scheduled an appointment at our Jersey City office.
2C:35-10 New Jersey Cocaine Possession Statute
The New Jersey law for possession of cocaine is listed below, in pertinent part, for your convenience.
a. It is unlawful for any person, knowingly or purposely, to obtain, or to possess, actually or constructively, a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog, unless the substance was obtained directly, or pursuant to a valid prescription or order form from a practitioner, while acting in the course of his professional practice, or except as otherwise authorized by P.L.1970, c.226. Any person who violates this section with respect to:
(1) A controlled dangerous substance, or its analog, classified in Schedule I, II, III or IV other than those specifically covered in this section, 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 $ 35,000.00 may be imposed;
Cocaine: The Basics
Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that is most often snorted through the nose. Often referred to as “blow,” “crack,” “coke,” “rock,” or “snow,” cocaine increases dopamine levels in the brain. When a person experiences a cocaine high, they may feel extreme happiness, excessive energy, and heightened alterness. Some of the potential side effects of cocaine include paranoia, irritability, and even violent behavior. In New Jersey, cocaine is classified as a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, which means it is recognized as having a high potential for abuse, has current accepted medical use in treatment or with severe restrictions, and abuse may lead to severe psychic or physical dependence. With repeated cocaine use, a person may experience withdrawal symptoms such as fatigue, depression, insomnia, and difficulties with cognition.
Weehawken Possession of Cocaine Attorney
As illustrated in the above statute, mere possession of cocaine is a third degree indictable offense. A third degree crime is very serious and punishable by up to 3 – 5 years in state prison and can expose you to additional consequences such as drug testing, probation, community service, a license suspension, and thousands in fines. You will face enhanced penalties if the state charges you with Distribution of Cocaine or with Possession with Intent to Distribute within a School Zone or Possession with Intent to Distribute within 500 ft of Public Park. Because cocaine charges are graded as a felony crime, your case will be handled in County Superior Court by the County Prosecutor’s Office. In Hudson County, cases are typically first sent to CJP (Central Judicial Processing) to be screened and assigned. This is a great opportunity for a lawyer to get some major results early on before your case is sent to grand jury for indictment. At CJP, our criminal defense attorneys are often able to get our clients charges remanded to municipal court or secure admittance into Pre-Trial Intervention or Drug Court. We represent clients charged with cocaine possession throughout New Jersey including Harrison, Belleville, Montclair, Newark, Union City, Guttenberg, Nutley, Hoboken and Bloomfield. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, then contact us today at (201) 793-8018 for a free initial consultation with a cocaine defense attorney or to schedule an appointment at our Jersey City office.