NJ Drug Possession Defense Lawyer
Any drug possession conviction can have life-changing ramifications. At the Newark, New Jersey, Law Offices of Kevin Crawford Orr, we can provide you the defense you deserve.
A conviction for simple possession of any drug may include loss or suspension of your driver's license as part of the penalty. For most people in New Jersey, the loss of a license means the loss of a way to get to work. It is critical to make sure you have protected all your legal defense options to prevent this from happening to you.
Possession of drugs like heroin and cocaine is a third degree felony in New Jersey, exposing you to a prison term of 3-5 years and a fine of up to $35,000 under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(1). Kevin C. Orr has over twenty-one years of experience in defending clients charged with possession of controlled dangerous substances. What happens in your case depends upon many different factors such as whether the police lawfully arrested you, and whether the drugs were lawfully found in your possession. For example March 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court, in its decision in Florida v. Jardines (11-564), upheld the Florida Supreme Court, which affirmed the suppression of marijuana evidence discovered by police use of a canine sniff at Mr. Jardines's front door without probable cause. The decision limited police use of enhanced searching capabilities, other than officers’ own senses, to find out what is going on inside a person’s home. Whether in the context of a search of a home for the smell of marijuana, or the surreptitious installation and electronic tracking of a person’s movements for a prolonged period of time, the Fourth Amendment remains the people’s check on police power. If the Fourth Amendment is violated all of the evidence against you could be suppressed and your case dismissed. Call now for a consultation to discuss the specific facts of your case.
The Statewide Drug Court program started right here in Essex County as an alernative to incarceration. Under a change in the law on July 19, 2012, the program was expanded to allow people charged with second degree charges to apply. The Court has a Manual describing the program. State and County Prosecutors, who do not appear happy with the changes in the law favoring defendants, are developing their own Prosecutor's Manual. The program itself is rigorous, requiring intensive supervision based on frequent drug testing and court appearances, along with tightly structured regimens of treatment and recovery services. The emphasis is on recovery and swift intervention when needed. You must not wait until you get a court to decide how you should handle your case. Call now for a consulation.
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