If you've ever faced drug charges, you know how quickly they can change your life. One minute, you could be living well, enjoying your family, friends and freedoms. The next, you could face time behind bars.
Simply put, any type of drug charge is one that can change your life forever. Fortunately, just because you are charged with a crime does not mean that you will be convicted. With the right approach, you can put this in the past.
The manufacturing of an illegal drug, such as marijuana or methamphetamine, is a serious crime. With both state and federal laws in place it can be difficult to understand what you're being charged with.
If you or a loved one has been charged with the possession of drugs, it's important to realize that there are many defense strategies you can use to your advantage.
Recently, 40 people were arrested in Bergen County on drug charges.
A woman who was accused of conspiracy to distribute drugs and official misconduct was placed on leave without pay in 2014. The police officer is now trying to get her job back after being found not guilty of those charges. Throughout the long ordeal, this woman has maintained that she was innocent. She refused to entertain plea bargains and fought to prove that she wasn't guilty.
Federal laws regarding controlled substances have some fine legal points, namely, that all elements must be present to meet the requirements of certain charges.
Police typically need a warrant to search your home and confiscate any items, as you have an expectation to privacy in your own home and a search without a warrant is illegal. There are some rare exceptions to this, such as when the police think a third party is in danger.
All drug charges are serious charges because they are associated with serious penalties. Generally, the penalties for drug possession are the least severe and penalties for drug trafficking are the most severe. The interesting thing to note about all drug charges is that these charges can all lead to social consequences, as well as criminal consequences. In order to attempt to minimize the penalties you face, you must take action right away when you are facing drug charges.
Several American states have now legalized to some degree the possession of marijuana. While New Jersey is not one of these states, many residents believe that the more liberalized marijuana views nationwide mean they will not get into legal trouble over paraphernalia. You should understand that this is not the case. In New Jersey, you could face both federal and state drug charges over paraphernalia.