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Arrested for Selling or Possession With Intent to Distribute Drugs in Lawrence Township

The ramifications of a drug charge in Lawrence New Jersey escalate dramatically when there are allegations of selling, distributing or possession with intent to distribute marijuana, heroin, Ecstasy, Molly, MDMA, LSD, prescription drugs or some other variety of CDS,. The drug laws impose stiff penalties against those who sell/distribute CDS, including exposure to a state prison sentence in all cases. Finding a lawyer with the skill to thoroughly protect your interests and provide you with every chance of avoiding a conviction should be your primary mission if you were arrested at Quakerbridge Mall, Rider University or elsewhere in Lawrence Township for distribution. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall are seasoned advocates that include a Former Director of the Street Drug Task Force and a team that have over 100 years in practice. Our criminal lawyers have the tools to present a persuasive defense on your behalf. To take advantage of a free consultation with an attorney immediately, contact our Lawrence Office at 609–683–8102.

Lawrence Township Distribution or Possession With Intent to Distribute CDS Offense

A criminal complaint or indictment for distribution or possession with intent to distribute CDS has severe consequences under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5. The situation is even more risky when the offense also involves allegations of selling drugs in a school zone or in a public park zone. The degree of the charge and related penalties hinge on the type and quantity being distributed or sold. The table below outlines the grading and penalties under 2C:35-5 if you are found guilty.

Degree of OffenseType of Drug & QuantityFine Prison Term
First Degree Crime

Heroin, Cocaine, MDMA or Methamphetamine – 5 Ounces or More

Marijuana – 25 Pounds or More

LSD – 100 Milligrams or More




10-20 Years
Second Degree Crime

Heroin, Cocaine, MDMA or Methamphetamine – At Least One-half Ounce But Less Than 5 Ounces

Marijuana – At Least 5 Pounds But Less Than 25 Pounds

LSD – Less Than 100 Milligrams

Other Schedule I or II CDS – One Ounce or More

Prescription Drugs – 100 Dosage Units or More

$150,000 Except Prescription Legend Drugs ($300,000)5-10 Years
Third Degree Crime

Heroin, Cocaine, MDMA or Methamphetamine – Less Than One-half Ounce

Marijuana – At Least One Ounce But Less Than 5 Pounds

Prescription Drugs – At Least 5 Dosage Units But Less Than 100

$75,000 Except Marijuana ($25,000) & Prescription Legend Drugs ($200,000)3-5 Years
Fourth Degree Crime

Marijuana – Less Than One Ounce

Prescription Drugs – Less Than Five Dosage Units



Up to 18 Months

Anytime someone is convicted of distribution or even just a straight drug possession in Lawrence, there is also a driver’s license suspension that is triggered. The period ranges from 6 months to two years.

Lawrence Township Drug Distribution Defense Attorney

It should be clear for the table above that the potential consequences of a drug distribution conviction are extreme. You certainly need to enlist the services of a savvy defense attorney if you are facing allegations of selling or distributing drugs in Lawrence Township. The lawyers at the Marshall Law Firm are accomplished criminal advocates who have a long record of success at the Mercer County Superior Court in Trenton, the venue where your case will be heard. A free consultation with a lawyer who has defended many distribution cases involving marijuana, cocaine, heroin, prescription drugs, LSD and other CDS charges is prepared to help you now at 609–683–8102. Attorneys are available 24/7 to help you so do not hesitate to contact us for the guidance you need in this challenging time.