Penalties for Controlled Dangerous Substance Possession in New Jersey

In New Jersey and the rest of the country, illegal drugs are categorized into groups known as schedules. The drugs in each schedule are grouped according to three shared characteristics:

  • The drug’s accepted medical use

  • The potential harm that the drug poses to its users

  • The drug’s level of addictiveness

Illegal drugs are known as controlled dangerous substances. It is illegal to possess a controlled dangerous substance without a valid prescription for it. If you are charged with the possession of one of these substances, you can face significant penalties. The penalties that you face depend on the schedule of the drug you are accused of possessing.

Penalties for Possession of a Schedule I, II, III, or IV Substance

If you are charged with the possession of any amount one of the substances listed as a Schedule I, II, III, or IV controlled dangerous substance, you can face a $35,000 fine and up to five years in prison. This offense is a third degree crime.

Examples of these substances include amphetamines, opium, cocaine, and heroin.

Penalties for Possession of a Schedule V Substance

Possession of a Schedule V substance, such as codeine, is a jail term of up to eighteen months and/or a fine of up to $15,000.

Possession in a School Zone

If you are found to be in possession of a controlled dangerous substance within 1,000 feet of school property, which can include school buses and playgrounds as well as actual school buildings, you can face additional penalties to those already imposed for the possession of illegal drugs.

Criminal Defense Attorneys in New Jersey

If you are facing a drug possession charge, it is imperative that you work with an experienced criminal defense attorney to defend your case. For the legal guidance and representation tailored to your needs, work with The Law Office of Eric B. Hannum Esq., LLC.. Reach us at 732-370-9596 to schedule a consultation with us and determine the best way to proceed with your case. We are proud advocates for New Jersey families throughout Burlington, Ocean, Monmouth, Mercer, and Middlesex counties.

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