Cocaine clearly is no longer a drug whose popularity is fading. Our attorneys have witnessed a rapid rise in cocaine possession throughout Camden County and the state. If you were charged with possession of cocaine in Haddonfield, Camden, Pennsauken, Lindenwold, Winslow or another municipality, your case will be sent to the Superior Court for disposition. The reason is because this violation is a felony indictable crime of the third degree which falls outside of municipal court jurisdiction. It also carries the potential for a state prison term, thousands of dollars in fines and other penalties. This is why it is so pivotal to hire a skilled attorney like those at Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver. Our team, which includes several former prosecutors, has been defending offenses like your for over a century between us. To speak one of our lawyers in an immediate free consultation, contact our Cherry Hill Office at 856-662-8300.
Winslow Third Degree Possession of Cocaine Offense
The county courthouse is located in the City of Camden. This is where your cocaine possession offense shall be heard. The prosecutor is required to prove that you knowingly or purposely possessed the cocaine. Knowing means that the accused was aware of the presence of the drug. Something is done purposely when it the actors conscious object obtain or possess the CDS with knowledge of its character. Possession can result in a conviction under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10 if it is actual or constructive. Actual possession refers to situations where there is manual or physical possession of the substance. Constructive possession is the scenario where, while not actually possessed, the accused is aware of the existence of the coke and has the intention and capacity to exercise control of it in the future. If the state can establish that you possessed cocaine in either of these fashions, you may be found guilty of violating 2C:35-10.
Penalties for Possession of Cocaine in Cherry Hill NJ
If you are convicted of possessing cocaine in Cherry Hill or another municipality, you are subject to the penalties outlined in N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10. There is a maximum fine of $35,000 instead of the normal third degree limit of $15,000. In addition, you can be incarcerated in state prison for up to five (5) years. An individual found guilty for possession is subject to a mandatory driver’s license suspension of 6-24 months at the time of sentencing. When the violation is committed within 1,000 feet of school property (i.e. in a “School Zone”) is also required to serve at least 100 hours of community service.
Gloucester Township Cocaine Possession Attorney
Gloucester Township has hundreds of juveniles and adults charged with drug offenses, including possession of marijuana and cocaine, every year. Our defense team has decades of experience handling violations like these throughout Camden County and is ready to do what is necessary to insure you reach the very best result in your case. Whether your arrest was in Bellmawr, Berlin, Somerdale, Voorhees or elsewhere, we have the skill to effectively represent you. An attorney at Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver is available to review the circumstances of your arrest and how we can assist you in avoiding a conviction.