Drug Possession in New Jersey | What You Need to Know

Drug possession is a serious crime in New Jersey. However, there are different penalties for different drugs. As a result, it is important to understand the federal drug schedule and the consequences of different drug possession charges. Read on to learn more.

What is the Federal Drug Schedule?

The consequences you face for drug crimes will depend largely on the type of drug you are possessing or distributing. New Jersey uses the following system to determine which drugs are most dangerous:

  • Schedule I: These drugs have a high potential for abuse with either no accepted medical use or lack of safe use under medical supervision. Examples can include certain opiates and heroin.
  • Schedule II: These drugs have a high potential for abuse but have some accepted medical uses, with restrictions. This can include certain opiates and drugs produced with coca leaves or extractions not containing cocaine.
  • Schedules III through V: These have a lesser potential for abuse than Schedule I and II drugs, although usage can have a degree of physical or psychological dependence. Schedule III can include amphetamines while Schedule V drugs can include a limited quantity of narcotic drugs such as codeine combined with non-narcotic substances.

Consequences of drug possession in New Jersey:

Because they are more dangerous, Schedule I drugs will carry heavier consequences. Some of the most common possession charges include:

heroin possession

When it comes to heroin, even low-level possession charges will typically result in misdemeanors or felonies. This can result in several years in jail.

cocaine possession

Due to its dangerous and addictive nature, just one gram of cocaine is enough to put you in jail. Once you are convicted, you will obtain a criminal record, which will most likely follow you for the rest of your life, impacting your ability to secure housing, higher education, employment, and more.

prescription drug possession

If you are caught in possession of prescription medication that has not been prescribed to you, you risk serious penalties. You will face even harsher penalties if it is determined that you had the intent to sell the prescription drugs.

marijuana possession

New decriminalization laws allow individuals to possess up to six ounces of marijuana without legal consequence.

If you are facing charges for drug possession in New Jersey, it is important to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Our firm will fight to have your charges reduced or even dropped. The sooner you reach out, the sooner we can begin building your case.

Contact our experienced New Jersey firm

Thomas DeMarco & Associates, LLC handles all criminal matters and is ready to provide you with our knowledgeable legal counsel. Contact our firm to discuss your legal situation.

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