When an individual in Bergen County or throughout Northern New Jersey is charged with the possession of a controlled substance, they are facing a very uncertain future. New Jersey takes drug crimes very seriously as it aims to combat the opioid epidemic that the entire country is struggling with. Additionally, despite the fact that an increased number of states across the country are legalizing recreational marijuana, New Jersey has not moved to do so. Individuals who are charged with possessing drugs such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine, or prescription drugs need to retain an experienced attorney to protect them from significant repercussions.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has classified controlled substances in “schedules” based on their medicinal qualities and potential for addiction. Schedule I drugs are viewed as the most dangerous, as they have a high potential for abuse and they are not used for medical treatment in the United States. These include heroin, LSD, ecstasy, peyote, and even marijuana, despite its growing rates of legalization and medicinal use. Interestingly enough, cocaine is considered a Schedule II drug because although it is seen as dangerous, it is not seen to be quite as addictive as Schedule I drugs.
When New Jersey courts have to determine a sentence for an individual who has been convicted of drug possession, they will take into consideration the amount of the controlled substance that the individual had in his or her possession. They will also determine whether there is reason to believe that the individual had intentions to distribute the drug.
If you have been charged with drug possession in Bergen County or throughout Northern New Jersey, contact Rem Law Group for strong legal representation.