There is no debating the fact that distribution of cocaine is on the rise in Lawrence NJ and other municipalities in Mercer County. This Schedule I controlled dangerous substance (“CDS”) is an addictive stimulant that has experienced a rapid rebirth throughout the state. If you were arrested for selling or distributing cocaine in Lawrence Township, Hamilton, Ewing, Princeton, Trenton or another town, your case would be in good hands with the attorneys at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall. Our firm, which has one of the largest criminal defense teams in the state that includes several lawyers who are former prosecutors, has over 100 combined years of experience defending possession intent to distribute cocaine charges at the Mercer County Superior in Trenton. An attorney with the qualifications you are look for is just a telephone call away at 609–683–8102. Call us for a free consultation with a lawyer anytime 24/7.Cocaine Distribution Charge in Trenton New Jersey
Since all cocaine distribution charges are indictable in nature, your case with be directed to the county courthouse in Trenton for resolution. Manufacturing, selling, distributing or possessing cocaine with intent to distribute is either a first, second or third degree crime under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5. If the quantity being sold is less than a half ounce then the offense is a third degree crime. If you sell at least a half ounce but less than five ounces, the violation is a second degree crime. Distributing five ounces or more is a first degree crime. The table below outlines the penalties that apply for each grade of cocaine distribution.
|Degree of Offense||Fine||Incarceration|
|First Degree||$500,000||10-20 Years|
|Second Degree||$150,000||5-10 Years|
|Third Degree||$75,000||Up to 5 Years|
Distribution in a School Zone or Public Park. You are exposed to separate offenses of distribution under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7 and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7.1 if you sold cocaine or possessed the drug with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of school property or within 500 feet of a public park.
Mandatory Driver’s License Suspension. Every individual sentenced for a drug possession or distribution offense is subject to a 6-24 month driver’s license suspension.
Diversion Programs of Pretrial Intervention & Drug Court.An individual can avoid prosecution for distributing cocaine or possession with intent to distribute cocaine by obtaining admission into the Pretrial Intervention Program or Drug Court. There are strict guidelines for securing this relief.Ewing Township Cocaine Distribution Defense Attorneys
Cocaine is a powerful drug that police in communities like Ewing take extraordinarily serious. A conviction if you fail to successfully defend this charge carries stiff penalties including years in state prison so it is imperative that you retain a lawyer skilled in the defense of cocaine offenses. Here at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, we can offer you representation by a staff of attorneys that have been handling cocaine distribution cases at the Trenton Superior Court for decades. Whether your were arrested in East Windsor, Robbinsville, West Windsor, Hightstown or Pennington, an attorney with the qualifications you need is ready to help you. A free consultation with one of our lawyers is a telephone call away at 609–683–8102.