Being Under the Influence of Drugs in Public in Camden County NJ
Drug Charges Defense Attorney in Cherry Hill, New Jersey
In New Jersey, just being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance in public is a crime that is punishable by time in prison depending on the circumstances. Even when only a small amount is involved, prosecutors take drug related offenses very seriously. In fact, prosecutors in New Jersey are not even allowed to make plea agreements with defendants charged with this crime. If you have been charged with being under the influence of drugs in public, it can make all the difference in your case to have an experienced and knowledgeable attorney on your side who can get you the most desirable outcome in your case.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison have had tremendous success handling a huge volume of drug cases for years in Camden County including Clementon, Gloucester, Cherry Hill, and Haddon Heights. In fact, one of the members of our criminal defense team is a former county prosecutor in New Jersey who used to prosecute drug charges for the State which means we know what kinds of arguments the prosecution might make. This sort of knowledge and expertise can be extremely valuable in your case. If you have been charged with being under the influence of drugs in public, having an attorney who knows what it takes to potentially beat the charges against you is imperative. Call the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison at 877-450-8301 anytime for a free initial consultation.
Being Under the Influence of Drugs in Public: N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(b)
The law for being under the influence of drugs in public is explained under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(b). It provides:
b. Any person who uses or who is under the influence of any controlled dangerous substance, or its analog, for a purpose other than the treatment of sickness or injury as lawfully prescribed or administered by a physician is a disorderly person.
In a prosecution under this subsection, it shall not be necessary for the State to prove that the accused did use or was under the influence of any specific drug, but it shall be sufficient for a conviction under this subsection for the State to prove that the accused did use or was under the influence of some controlled dangerous substance, counterfeit controlled dangerous substance, or controlled substance analog, by proving that the accused did manifest physical and physiological symptoms or reactions caused by the use of any controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog.
Penalties for Being Under the Influence of Drugs in Public in New Jersey
Being under the influence of drugs in public is a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey. Penalties can include:
- 6 months in county jail,
- Maximum $1,000 fine
- Community service,
- Mark on your criminal record
Contact a Haddon Heights NJ Under the Influence of Drugs Lawyer for Answers
The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison are always available to speak with you about your case and begin to formulate an aggressive strategy to defend you against a being under the influence in public charge. Our criminal defense team understands the details of the law in New Jersey and we will use this knowledge to help you best defend against these charges. Call us today at 877-450-8301 for a free initial consultation about your case.