Drug Possession Trial Lawyer, New Jersey
NJ Criminal Defense Attorney – Possession of Controlled Substance – Cocaine
Charged With Possession of Dangerous Controlled Substance – Cocaine
Possession of Cocaine, technically referred to as Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS), is a Third Degree felony in the State of New Jersey. A person charged with Possession of cocaine (CDS) may face up to five (5) years in New Jersey State Prison although there is a presumption of non-incarceration for first time offenders.
We Challenge the Evidence
For most defendants, possession of cocaine charges in New Jersey arise as a result of a police initiated search of their person, car or home. Unlike many other lawyers, our office has analyzed police conduct on a daily basis for years and immediately knows whether or not your Constitutional Right to be free from illegal searches and seizures has been violated. If the Police acted inappropriately, we do not hesitate to file a motion to suppress the evidence and seek to have the case dismissed.
Alternatives to Jail
At the Law Offices of William D. Ware, Esq., we have been extremely successful in winning Possession of Cocaine (CDS) cases at trial, obtaining probationary terms rather than jail sentences for our clients even when they have extensive criminal records, or convincing the Prosecutor’s Office to dismiss the charges if a co-defendant has taken responsibility for the cocaine in question. In some cases, we are able to get the charges downgraded to a disorderly persons offense or assist our client’s in applying to Drug Court as an alternative to jail.
Even if it is your first offense, you need an experienced lawyer to minimize the impact a conviction could have on your future. Possession of Cocaine (CDS) is a felony drug charge that may result in a permanent criminal record. Cocaine possession convictions could exclude you from certain types of employment and could even impact your current job. If we cannot obtain an immediate dismissal, we may still be able to get you into a Pre-trial Intervention Program (PTI). PTI is a diversionary program that allows you to put your case on hold for a short period of time. Completion of PTI (usually a 1 year program) results in a dismissal of your charges at the end of the PTI term.
Contact Our Criminal Defense Law Firm Immediately
If you have been charged with Possession of Cocaine (CDS) (N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10) in the State of New Jersey, including Morris, Sussex, Somerset, Union, Hudson, Bergen, Passaic, Hunterdon, Union, Essex, Middlesex and Warren Counties, call the Law Offices of William D. Ware, Esq. immediately at 908-955-7065.
Mr. Ware has the skills and experience to investigate your case, challenge the evidence, and advise you on a course of action that is best for you. Whether he is seeking a dismissal, negotiating the best plea deal available or defending your legal rights at a trial, he understands the system and how to make it best work for you.