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A Serious Defense Against Drug Charges

The negative effects of a drug conviction can spread far and wide. Not only do you face immediate penalties of jail time and fines, but even a minor drug charge can taint your record for years to come. If you face any type of drug charge, you need an attorney who will fight to defend your rights and protect your future from day one.

At the Law Offices of James A. Abate, we take every drug charge seriously, from possession to manufacturing and distribution. We know the process and we know the penalties. Our office has represented criminal defense clients throughout Somerville and surrounding counties. Our attorneys will act quickly to resolve your case.

Understanding New Jersey Drug Laws

As in most states, the drug laws in New Jersey fall into different categories based on the type of drug, as well as the illegal activity. While some drug offenses may go through Municipal Court, more often they will go through Superior Court. New Jersey law keeps a list of controlled substances on different schedules according to their potency and likelihood for abuse. These can include anything from heroin and cocaine to prescription drugs like Oxycodone or methamphetamines. Types of drug crimes include:

  • Possession
  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution or intent to distribute
  • Trafficking
  • Distribution near a school or park

Related charges could include things like money laundering, conspiracy and motor vehicle violations. At the Law Offices of James A. Abate, we know what it takes to fight these charges and will work with you at every step to dismiss the charges or lessen their impact.

Are You Eligible For The Conditional Discharge Program?

Many of our clients face minor drug charges in Municipal Court. If these clients are facing first offenses, they may qualify for conditional discharge.

Discuss Your Drug Charges With Us

No matter what type of charges you face, we are here to help. Call us at 908-643-7005 or send an email online to schedule a free initial conference with a compassionate and experienced defense attorney.