Distribution of Drugs

Newark Drug Trafficking Defense Attorney

A drug distribution conviction is no laughing matter. Depending on the specifics of the crime, an individual can face up to 10-20 years in a New Jersey state prison, up to $35,000 in fines and a suspended driver's license for up to two years.

There is hope. Working with an experienced defense attorney can greatly affect the outcome of a case. Attorney Joseph D. Rotella has 27 years of experience defending the rights and best interests of those charged with drug trafficking.

To discuss your case in a free consultation, contact the Newark law offices of Joseph D. Rotella at 973-621-0333.

What Are the Penalties?

In New Jersey, the penalties for a drug distribution / drug trafficking conviction depend largely upon the quantity and type of drug involved.

In general:

  • A third-degree crime results in 3 to 5 years in prison
  • A second-degree drug crime results in 5 to 10 years in prison
  • A first-degree drug crime results in 10 to 20 years in prison

Marijuana, crack, cocaine, methamphetamines, prescriptions drugs — you could be facing very severe penalties.

Increased Jail Time

In addition to the penalties assigned to a drug trafficking conviction — jail or prison time, large fines, a suspended license — there are three charges that can significantly increase a person's jail or prison time:

  • Possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school zone- This assigns mandatory parole ineligibility and a mandatory sentence of three years in jail.
  • Possession with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public library, public housing or park- This assigns a mandatory sentence of five to ten years in jail.
  • Possession of a hand gun with any drug offense- Requires the gun possession charge to be tried in conjunction with the drug case and can result in 10-20 years in prison.

If you believe you will be charged with drug trafficking or manufacturing, do not wait to obtain aggressive, experienced defense. The sooner you contact a defense attorney — ideally prior to indictment — the better your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome in your case.

Contact a Newark Defense Lawyer

If you are facing charges of drug trafficking/distribution or operating a grow house, contact Joseph Rotella's Newark office immediately.