Arrested in Paterson or anywhere in New Jersey for a Drug Charge, will I go to Jail?
The first step in the analysis is knowing the nature of the drug charge(s). Are you arrested for dealing (distributing) drugs or are you arrested for possession? The charge matters. Dealing drugs within 500' of public property is a crime of the 2nd degree, while possession of small amounts of heroin is crimes of 3rd degree. A 2nd-degree conviction could result in up to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison. A conviction for possession of heroin could result in probation or up to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
In addition to analyzing your case, Attorney David L. Pine will outline your options. For drug offenses in New Jersey, there are specially designed diversionary programs for people who have never been charged with a drug-related offense. A first offender is entitled to a diversionary program that can allow a person charged with a minor drug offense to avoid a conviction. Instead of having a criminal conviction, you will be placed in a program designed to prevent you from becoming a repeat offender.
If you or someone you care about has been charged with a drug charge in Paterson or anywhere in New Jersey, call the Law Offices of David L. Pine today. Call Mr. Pine today! He can be reached at (973) 427-7444.