Illegal drugs, also known as Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS), and their use, possession and distribution have been a major burden on societies all around the world. Despite the changing, if not relaxed social attitudes regarding illegal narcotics, laws remain on the books, and criminal activity continues to be prosecuted. As a former Municipal Court Judge presiding in Union Township, NJ from 1999-2005, I’ve seen my fair share of what these charges can lead to if not defended aggressively, which is something I now do as a criminal defense attorney for all my clients.
Included in this group of illegal (CDS) drugs that are aggressively prosecuted are:
Oftentimes possession and distribution are blurred when drug quantities appear to be what might be considered for personal, albeit illegal, use. Criminal charges for possession or distribution of drugs (CDS) in a school zone carry greater penalties. Adult possession and use where children are present, as in any crime in which a child could be considered a “victim”, can be prosecuted even more vigorously than what might be referred to as a “victimless” crime of simple possession.
What Should You Do if You are Arrested for a Drug Distribution or Drug Possession Charges
Don’t go at it alone, even for the most minor drug charge that might be heard in a Municipal Court. You never know what might happen if counsel is not at your side for your appearance. If you are arrested for possession or distribution of marijuana, heroin, meth or any other controlled dangerous substance, do not talk to the police. Do not try to “chat” your way out or minimize what you have done. The authorities will listen gladly, take notes and then turn their notes over to the prosecutor’s office to be used against you! Exercise your constitutional right to remain silent and get a criminal defense lawyer who handles drug charges ASAP. We are at a disadvantage defending you if you have given any sort of confession. Do not be antagonistic or sarcastic, but be firm in your request to call a criminal defense lawyer, remaining silent and calm in the meantime.
John Paragano: Union County Lawyer for Drug Possession and Distribution Charges
The onus is always on the prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt your guilt if you are charged with a crime. You have certain Constitutional Rights, like the right to remain silent, the right that your arrest be based only upon probable cause, the right against unreasonable search and seizure, etc. The Law Offices of John Paragano will defend those rights and provide you with the best defense possible. For twenty-five years, I have successfully defended numerous charges, drug crimes from pot to heroin and everything in between including designer drugs, such as MDMA (Ecstasy). My Union law office has achieved countless acquittals, dismissals and downgrading of charges for hundreds of drug crimes at the local and state level. If you need an experienced and powerful criminal defense attorney to help you through troubled waters, call my office today.
During the initial consultation, our law firm will take the time to learn all about you and the criminal charges you face. Our attorneys will assess the strength of the evidence against you and advise you on all of the available options. If necessary, we have the ability to conduct a private investigation, contact witnesses and obtain other useful evidence. Treating you with the utmost respect, our criminal defense law firm will aggressively represent you to reach the best possible resolution, whether through a plea bargain or trial.
For twenty-five years my Union law firm has successfully defended numerous charges for drug possession an distribution charges, where we have achieved acquittals, dismissals and downgrading of charges for a variety of these crimes at the local state level.
Choose The Law Offices of John Paragano for Your Criminal Defense Attorney
For the best criminal defense in all of Union County, Monmouth County and all of New Jersey, contact John Paragano at The Law Offices of John Paragano, for a free consultation. Telephone 908.687.5999 or click to send an email. All consultations and written correspondences will be kept strictly confidential.