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​Client facing 10 years in Prison for two arrests of Heroin Possession admitted to Drug Cour​t​ (April 2015​)​​


​Outcome: Admitted to drug court​

In the State of New Jersey, possession, use or being under the influence of heroin is a third-degree crime. Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10, a person who has possessed heroin, no matter how small the amount, is guilty of a third-degree crime. Penalties include imprisonment for up to five years and a fine of up to $35,000.00 in addition to a mandatory six-month loss of your driver’s license.

Our client faced two separate heroin possession charges from arrests in Clinton Township and was looking at a decade in State Prison.  Through our review of the entire criminal record, we were able to determine a pattern of drug use controlling the behavior and convince the Hunterdon County Prosecutor that the client should be permitted to enter drug court.  Rather than incarceration, the client will be receiving intensive drug treatment and be able to continue a career, education and family life.

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