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Fighting Your NJ Drug Possession Charges

NJ Drug Charge Attorneys in Newark, Hackensack, Morristown NJ

drug charges in new jersey“Drug charges in New Jersey can be very serious or a simple slap on the wrist. This depends on the type of drug, the quantity possessed , and what you intended to do with the drugs. No matter what your drug charge, our goal is to beat your case.

Our firm handles drug charges on a regular basis, and we have specific defense strategies that work consistently, many of which are listed on this page.

We have a video series on How To Beat Marijuana Charges that applies to all drug types, and we strongly suggest that you watch this series, even if you were arrested with other drugs.  An Illegal Search or Chain of Custody issue can result in the dismissal of your case whether it’s a small bag of marijuana or a kilogram of cocaine.  Additionally, any of the strategies in our Top 5 Ways To Beat A Criminal Charge can potentially lead your case to be dismissed.

If you have more questions about your charges or if they are not listed below, please call The Tormey Law Firm for a free consultation: (201) 556-1571.

The following pages give information for specific drugs for which you may face charges:

Cocaine Possession Charges N.J.S.A 2C:35-10 – This page on cocaine possession can give you the penalties and best defenses for your charge.

Marijuana Possession Charges N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10 – This page contains everything that you need to know about marijuana related charges in New Jersey. We have the penalties broken down depending on the nature of your marijuana possession, and we include our strategy videos which tell you how you can potentially beat this charge.  To watch a video that breaks down the penalties and punishments for marijuana possession, click here.

Marijuana Distribution 2C:35-5 – The sale of marijuana and the possession of marijuana have completely different penalties and punishments.  This page covers the grading of your charges, and offers some defense strategies for your case.

Heroin Possession & Distribution 2C:35-10 and 2C:35-5 – This page contains information on everything you need to know about fighting heroin-related charges in New Jersey. You can learn about the potential penalties for heroin possession and heroin distribution. You can also watch a video which provides tips on how to beat a heroin charge.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 2C:36-2 This charge is very commonly added to other drug possession charges, and usually results from pipes, bowls, bongs, papers, or any other apparatus used to ingest drugs.  That said, many times these charges are groundless.  This page gives you the information that you need.

Possession of Synthetic Marijuana 2C:35 – Believe it or not, synthetic marijuana, K2, Spice, etc can actually leave you with a criminal record.  This page has all of the information that you need, including some ways to beat your charges.

Prescription Drug Charges N.J.S.A 2C:35-10.5 – This page covers everything you need to know about prescription drug offenses, including the grading of your offense, the penalties you face, and how we can fight your charge.

Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle N.J.S.A. 39:4-49.1 – This page refers to possession of “controlled dangerous substances” in a motor vehicle, which will result in a small fine but a long drivers license suspension.  In addition, you will probably face drug charges for the “CDS” that you possessed.

CDS Near or On School Property N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7 – This page provides a comprehensive overview of these charges and the penalties that you are facing as a defendant in this type of case.

Leading a Narcotics Trafficking Network: N.J.S.A. 2C:35-3 – This page details the law pertaining to these extremely serious charges and why it is essential to hire an experienced attorney who can provide you with the best possible defense.

“The following videos are the strategies that we use to beat drug and marijuana charges.”

1.) Challenging The Motor Vehicle Stop – If the officer did not have the right to stop your vehicle to begin with, any drugs found as a result will be disregarded as evidence.

2.) Challenge Chain Of Custody – If the police can’t show a clear record of who has handled the evidence in your case, we can argue that the evidence may have been switched or contaminated.

3.) Challenge The Lab Reports – If the state can’t prove that you are actually in possession of a controlled substance, you case could be dismissed.

4.) Challenging Your “Possession” of Drugs – Were the pills yours or someone else’s in the vicinity. The state must prove that you were the offender in possession of the drugs.

5.) Challenging Illegal Searches – Illegal searches are the most common way to have drug charges thrown out. Without the right to conduct a search, all of he evidence found can be dismissed and suppressed.

“The next videos highlight the “diversionary programs” that you can use to have your case set aside and elect for a probationary period. If you complete your probation, your charges and record will be wiped clean.”

Conditional Discharge – This is the probationary program for individuals arrested for possession of marijuana under 50 grams with no prior criminal record.

Pre Trial Intervention – This is a diversionary program that can potentially be used for all low grade crimes in New Jersey, typically fourth degree crimes and disorderly persons offenses.


Learn More About How to Fight Your Charges

If you've been charged with a criminal offense, disorderly persons offense, or traffic / DWI violation, you have the right to an attorney who will defend you against your charges and fight for your best interests. To learn more about how your attorney can fight to have your charges dismissed or reduced, click a link below to see our video library of legal defenses and strategies.

Experience You Can Trust

With unmatched knowledge and experience in the practice of law, the seasoned attorneys at The Tormey Law Firm are committed to serving their clients and tenaciously confronting the allegations against them.

We will examine every facet of your case in order to defend your constitutional rights and reputation.  

With a dedicated legal advocate to assist you, our attorneys will ensure that you are never forced to navigate the complex legal process on your own.

The Tormey Law Firm

Areas We Serve

Bergen County, Essex County, Morris County, Passaic County, Hudson County, Middlesex County, Somerset County including Morristown, Denville, Dover, Mount Olive, Parsippany, Hackensack, East Rutherford, Elmwood Park, Englewood, Fort Lee, Garfield, Lodi, Lyndhurst, Mahwah, Palisades Park, Paramus, Ridgefield Park, Saddle Brook, Teaneck, Clifton, and Wayne.


Hackensack Location

254 State Street

Hackensack, NJ 07601

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Morristown Location

55 Madison Avenue Suite 400

Morristown, NJ 07960

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