Mark M. Cheser 35 Years of Criminal Defense Experience
If you need us, we're nearby.
866-456-9864 Call us 24/7!

Drug charges: Knowing how to defend yourself

If you're arrested for possessing drugs, it's vital that you take the time to talk to someone who can help you defend yourself. A simple charge for possession could quickly turn into multiple charges for possession with intent to distribute, even if that's not what you were doing with the drugs.

Drug charges add up quickly because it's easy for the prosecution and police to add on charges that you later have to fight. It's in your best interest to protect yourself early to avoid additional charges you don't deserve to face.


The possession of drugs is one of the least serious drug crimes. Hurting yourself without involving anyone else seems less serious to the courts, so you may not face as many penalties. Depending on the amount of drugs in your possession, you could face a misdemeanor or felony charge. For instance, possessing 50 grams of marijuana here in New Jersey leads to a fine of up to $1,000 and as many as six months in jail (along with other penalties). But possessing heroin could lead to a five-year prison sentence and fines of up to $25,000.

Possession with intent

Even if you only possess drugs for yourself, if the amount is over what the police believe is for a single person, they may think you possess with the intent to sell. Cases involving marijuana can lead to up to 20 years in prison, depending on how much marijuana you have in your possession. Fines range between $25,000 and $300,000. Comparatively, intending to sell heroin or other narcotics could lead to fines of up to $600,000 and a fixed prison term determined in court.


Distribution charges, or charges for trafficking drugs, are extremely serious. If you're accused of trafficking heroin, you could face a minimum of 25 years in prison before parole is considered, in addition to a fine of up to $500,000. Trafficking marijuana is no different, even though it's legal in some states. To face the most serious of these charges, the prosecution has to prove that you are the leader of a narcotics trafficking network.

As you can see, the penalties for possessing and distributing drugs can be significant. It's important to work with someone who can help you protect yourself. It's not often that someone faces just a single charge when caught with drugs, so you could easily see the prosecution accuse you of two or three of the above even during a simple case of possession.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Email Us For A Response

Get started on your defense today. Contact us now.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Union Office
2424 Morris Ave.
Suite 202
Union, NJ 07083

Toll Free: 866-456-9864
Union Law Office

Middlesex County
Metro Park Center
33 Wood Ave South
Iselin, NJ 08830

Map & Directions

Middlesex County
197 State Route 18 South
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Map & Directions

Somerset County
1200 Route 22 East
East Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Map & Directions

Monmouth County
Freehold Center
4400 Route 9
South Freehold, NJ 07728

Map & Directions

Morris County
Madison Avenue Center
55 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960

Map & Directions

Mercer County
Princeton Center
116 Village Boulevard
Princeton, NJ 08540

Map & Directions

Essex County
Gateway Center
One Gateway Center
Newark, NJ 07102

Map & Directions