Elizabeth, NJ Drug Possession Attorney
We Have Handled Thousands of Cases in New Jersey
Were you recently arrested for a drug possession in New Jersey? If so,
Clifford E. Lazzaro, P.C. is here to help. Our lead attorney has
more than 25 years of experience and has handled
thousands of cases over his career. As a former prosecutor and Special Deputy Attorney General,
Attorney Lazzaro knows the court system inside and out, and has established
a reputation as formidable defense lawyer in the courtroom.
What are controlled dangerous substances?
- Under the New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substances Act, a controlled
dangerous substance is a drug or substance that is included in Schedules
I through V, with Schedule I drugs having the highest potential for abuse.
Some Schedule I substances: heroin, LSD, marijuana, mescaline, and peyote.
Some Schedule II substances: methadone, cocaine, opium, and fentanyl.
Some Schedule III substances: codeine, nalorphine, and phencyclidine.
Penalties for Drug Possession
- Under 2C:35-10, it is unlawful to knowingly or purposely obtain or possess
a controlled substance unless it was obtained with a valid prescription.
- Possession of a controlled dangerous substance classified in Schedules
I through IV is guilty of a crime of the third degree, punishable by a
maximum fine of $35,000.
- Possession of a Schedule V substance or its analog is a crime of the fourth
degree, punishable by a fine of up to $15,000.
- Possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana or five grams or less of hashish
is a disorderly person offense.
Contact a New Jersey Drug Crime Attorney
If this is your first
criminal offense, you may be eligible for a pre-trial intervention program (PTI). The goal
of a PTI is to give first-time nonviolent offenders the opportunity to
rehabilitate. Once the participant completes the PTI program, the charges
Whether or not you are eligible for a PTI, you would benefit from speaking with our
New Jersey drug crime lawyer. As a former prosecutor with decades of trial experience, Attorney Lazzaro
stands ready to fight your criminal charges and tirelessly seek a favorable
outcome in your case.
Contact our Elizabeth defense office today to take advantage of our free case evaluation!