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Seasoned Cocaine Possession Lawyer Represents Clients Charged with New Jersey Cocaine Possession Distribution in Bergen County, Essex County, Passaic County & Hudson County

New Jersey is known nationwide for its tough and aggressive stance against drugs like cocaine, especially their possession, sale, and distribution. If convicted of cocaine possession and distribution in NJ, even as a first-time offender, you are highly likely to receive a lengthy jail or prison sentence. New Jersey statute N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5 makes cocaine possession with the intent to sell to a person or entity a felony. Even if all you did was share cocaine with a friend at a party in Fort Lee or Elmwood Park, NJ, you may be prosecuted for cocaine possession and distribution. While possession of cocaine itself is a serious crime under New Jersey law, the penalties for possession with intent to distribute cocaine are significantly more severe.

With more than a decade of experience exclusively dedicated to criminal defense in Bergen County, Essex County, and throughout New Jersey, Hackensack cocaine distribution lawyer Adam M. Lustberg knows New Jersey drug laws and has helped hundreds of defendants with charges similar to yours.

Contact him today at (201) 880-5311 to discuss your cocaine possession and distribution case.

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Penalties for Distribution of Cocaine in New Jersey Are Based on Quantity and Weight

Whether you intended to sell or distribute the cocaine you were allegedly caught with doesn’t necessarily matter. It is common for NJ police and prosecutors to add the charge of distribution to existing cocaine possession charges when the amount of cocaine is half an ounce or more. Possession of cocaine which is less than half an ounce is a third-degree felony crime. Possession of between half an ounce and five ounces is a second-degree crime. Possession of more than five ounces of cocaine is a first-degree crime.

Penalties for possession of between half an ounce and five ounces of cocaine with intent to sell distribute, or deliver is a second-degree crime:

Penalties for possession of more than five ounces of cocaine with intent to sell, distribute, or deliver is a first-degree crime:

The above penalties are for first-time offenders convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. If you have prior criminal convictions, these penalties are likely to be more severe.

Note that these penalties can also increase if you are charged with distribution in a school zone or public park in New Jersey. Extenuating circumstances such as these could land you in prison for a mandatory 25 years with no possibility of early parole. Cocaine possession defense lawyer Adam M. Lustberg understands the drug laws in New Jersey and he may be able to help you protect your freedom.

New Jersey’s Tough Stance Against Drug Traffickers Requires an Aggressive Defense Against Cocaine Possession Charges in Hackensack, NJ

As one of the toughest states against drug traffickers, a person convicted of distribution of cocaine can potentially face a 25-year mandatory minimum prison sentence with no option for early parole. If convicted of distributing cocaine to a minor or pregnant woman, the penalty is doubled. If convicted of distribution or possession of the said drug on or within 500 feet of a school, public housing, drug treatment facility, methadone clinic, or homeless shelter, additional penalties will also apply.

When you’ve been charged with possession, distribution, or “trafficking” in Fair Lawn, Garfield, Hackensack, or anywhere else in New Jersey, fast action is critical. Any delay in hiring a qualified Bergen County defense attorney may negatively impact the outcome of your case.

Contact us today at (201) 880-5311 to schedule a consultation with criminal defense attorney Adam M. Lustberg.

What’s at Stake When You’ve Been Charged with Cocaine Distribution in Hackensack, NJ?

First and foremost, if you’re convicted, you face the loss of your freedom because you may be incarcerated for decades, followed by a closely monitored, lengthy probation sentence. It could also cause you to lose your driver’s license and pay fines of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Once released from prison, as a convicted felon, it may substantially limit your job and educational opportunities and prevent you from obtaining certain professional licenses.

Diversion Programs for Cocaine Distribution in NJ

There are two primary diversion programs available in New Jersey for people charged with cocaine possession. These programs are offered for both nonviolent offenses and first-time offenders. These programs are: 

  • The Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI) – requires the defendant to remain under the supervision of the court for an average period of one to three years. This may include submitting to a psychological and/or drug and alcohol evaluation, complying with the recommended treatment programs, and random urine testing. If a defendant completes the conditions of PTI successfully, all original charges against him are dropped and there will be no conviction.
  • Drug Court – a specialized probation system that requires intensive supervision and frequent drug testing. It also includes court appearances and structured treatment programs and recovery programs (12-step groups). Counseling and other support may be available to participants to help them with issues such as education and job training.

These programs are for those who truly want to end their drug addiction. Our team may be able to provide legal advice about entry to PTI or drug court because we want to get the best possible outcome for our clients. We may be able to help you explore what other options you may have. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.

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A tenacious litigator who won’t back down. Prepared to challenge the evidence against you and will fight to protect your rights.

Challenging Evidence in Hackensack Cocaine Distribution Cases

Examples of the evidence that may be presented to prosecute a cocaine distribution case include:

To fight for your constitutional rights, you need a New Jersey criminal defense attorney who is experienced at challenging the prosecution’s evidence. The prosecutor has the burden of proving the elements of your Rochelle Park cocaine distribution charge “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Your NJ drug crime defense attorney should be prepared to challenge their supposed evidence so that your case cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Here are some of the challenges that Hackensack attorney Adam M. Lustberg might bring against the prosecutor’s allegations in your cocaine distribution charge:

Keep in mind that there are two different types of cocaine distribution charges:

Hiring a criminal defense attorney early in the process may result in some of the charges being dismissed before your case goes to trial, or you may be able to avoid going to trial altogether. If the case does proceed to trial and you are found guilty of some charges, the penalties may be less severe.

In Bergen County, Passaic County, Hudson County, and Essex County, NJ, prosecutors have varying priorities, policies, and political agendas in regard to drug possession and distribution crimes. Attorney Adam M. Lustberg has been representing his clients in all four counties and beyond in New Jersey and is knowledgeable about their specific and individual proclivities that can work to your advantage. In addition, Adam M. Lustberg will examine every aspect of the prosecution’s case and identify what’s lacking in their evidence to create a strong defense on your behalf. Hackensack criminal defense attorney Adam M. Lustberg has successfully represented hundreds of defendants accused of every type of drug crime in NJ, including possession with intent to distribute cocaine, marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine, and illegal prescription drugs

You can drop criminal charges in certain circumstances. You can drop criminal charges if the police officers made a mistake in filling out forms, if there is no probable cause, or if evidence has been improperly obtained. Each case is unique with its own specifics. That is what your lawyer will consider when preparing the defense.

Criminal defense attorneys begin a detailed investigation of the situation surrounding drug charges. You are protected under the Constitution from unreasonable searches, seizures, and other illegal searches. A traffic stop that results in a cocaine stop can lead to the charges being dropped. The same applies if law enforcement did not have probable cause to search the vehicle. A motion to suppress evidence can be filed by your lawyer if the evidence was obtained in error.

The cocaine used determines the crime level. First Degree distribution is when the quantity involved is five (5) ounces and more. It is Second-degree distribution if the weight falls between one-half and five (5) ounces. It is Third-degree distribution if the weight is less than a half-ounce.

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"I must say Out of all my experiences with Lawyers, doing business with Adam was the best. After first meeting Adam and informing him of my Situation, he reassured me that if there was a way out of it he would find a way. I was hesitant and decided to go to Trial. Adam handled my Trial as a true professional and Made sure every aspect was covered, and decided to go about my trial with the best angle Neccessary. I was acquitted on my Charge and 7 other charges were dismissed.. Best experience and feeling ever..THAnks For my Freedom ADAM!!!"
"I highly recommended Adam M. Lustberg! Adam is extremely knowledgeable and professional. He clearly knows everything there is to know about criminal law. He is a great communicator, and he gave my case his full attention. If you are searching for a criminal defense attorney, you can stop your search right here. Adam is the very best."
"I have a long history with the Lustberg Law Firm. Adam is highly experienced, a great communicator who will not keep an eye on the time when you are talking to him. He actually listens to the client and goes out of his way to understand your particular goal. Adam always replied to my emails, texts and phone calls. A professional in every respect. I recommend the Lustberg Law firm without any reservations."
Client Reviews
"If I could give Lustberg law offices more than 5 stars I would. Adam M. Lustberg is by far the best criminal defense attorney I have ever met. He is the most knowledgeable, professional, and highly respected in the area. Mr. Lustberg will go above and beyond to make sure he gets you the best possible outcome for your situation. Adam M. Lustberg fought long and hard for my mother and instead of her serving what could’ve been a 5-10 year sentence in jail, she got the minimum sentence of 364 days which is now downgraded to 6 months. Thank you Lustberg law offices for all your hard work! Everyone makes mistakes and Lustberg law offices are on your side."
"I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer, and quite frankly I was actually very surprised he was able to handle my case in the way it was done. I highly recommend Adam to anyone who needs a gentleman in his profession."
"Luckily ive only had to use mr.lustbergs services once but i will forever say he is the best lawyer in the world! He’s always available to answer any questions i have and is always happy to help even months after having all my charges dismissed. I’d give more then 5 stars if i could."
"I must say Out of all my experiences with Lawyers, doing business with Adam was the best. After first meeting Adam and informing him of my Situation, he reassured me that if there was a way out of it he would find a way. I was hesitant and decided to go to Trial. Adam handled my Trial as a true professional and Made sure every aspect was covered, and decided to go about my trial with the best angle Neccessary. I was acquitted on my Charge and 7 other charges were dismissed.. Best experience and feeling ever..THAnks For my Freedom ADAM!!!"
"I highly recommended Adam M. Lustberg! Adam is extremely knowledgeable and professional. He clearly knows everything there is to know about criminal law. He is a great communicator, and he gave my case his full attention. If you are searching for a criminal defense attorney, you can stop your search right here. Adam is the very best."
"I have a long history with the Lustberg Law Firm. Adam is highly experienced, a great communicator who will not keep an eye on the time when you are talking to him. He actually listens to the client and goes out of his way to understand your particular goal. Adam always replied to my emails, texts and phone calls. A professional in every respect. I recommend the Lustberg Law firm without any reservations."

NJ Cocaine Possession Defense Attorney Adam M. Lustberg Is Prepared to Defend You Against Cocaine Possession and Distribution Charges in Hackensack, New Jersey

As an experienced NJ drug crime lawyer who has handled hundreds of drug distribution defenses, attorney Adam M. Lustberg knows how to carefully examine the facts of your case, analyze the circumstances of your arrest and seizure of evidence, and build a strategy to attack the case against you. He will fight vigilantly to protect your constitutional rights. Moreover, if a trial becomes necessary, he will prepare an aggressive defense designed to attack the prosecutor’s case against you and help you beat your New Jersey drug possession and distribution charges.

Timing is critical in NJ cocaine distribution cases, so don’t delay. Call (201) 880-5311 Hackensack criminal defense attorney Adam M. Lustberg today or fill out the online contact form.

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