Being Under the Influence of Drugs in Public

Wayne NJ Being Under the Influence of Drugs in Public Lawyer

Drug Charge Defense Attorneys in Passaic County New Jersey

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The implications associated with a charge of being under the influence of any narcotic and/or controlled substance are serious and can impact the life of the accused in a number of ways. Individuals are considered to not only be endangering themselves. They are also deemed to be endangering the safety and well being of people in the community, whether operating a vehicle or behaving in a disorderly manner.

Under New Jersey Law, municipal and county prosecutors are forbidden from entering into plea agreements with defendants charged with this disorderly persons offense.  In many circumstances individuals will not only receive this charge alone, but are likely accompanied by a simple possession or even distribution charge such as possession or distribution of marijuana, cocaine, or heroin. These charges can have a significant impact on your life, your future, and your freedom. It is imperative to employ the counsel of an legal team with the experience Northern New Jersey Municipalities including Woodland Park, Wayne, Totowa, Clifton, and Paterson. It takes extensive knowledge and expertise to guide you through the intricacies of the legal process, and ensure the protection your rights.

Under the Influence of Drugs in Public Passaic County NJ

If you’ve been charged with being under the influence of drugs in public, the Passaic County criminal defense lawyers at Del Sardo & Montanari understand the gravity of your situation and are ready to guide you through the legal process. The Criminal Defense Team will advise you of any and all options to plea to a lesser charge, however are ready and willing to mount a defense at trial in order to achieve the most favorable result. The attorneys at Del Sardo & Montanari have a wealth of knowledge and experience handling hundreds of cases in Municipal and Superior Courts across the state of New Jersey.

The team of attorneys have experience representing clients charged with drug related offenses. They are familiar with and have defended many clients in courts across Passaic County and are prepared to attack the state’s case and put their clients in a position to achieve the most favorable outcome. If you or a loved one are facing these type of charges in Passaic County, Essex County, or across any county in Northern New Jersey contact the law firm at 973.233.4396 or fill out an intake form on the contact page.

N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(b) Being Under the Influence of Drugs in Public in New Jersey

Being under the influence of drugs is a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey, governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(b), which provides, in pertinent part:

N.J.S.A. § 2C:35-10. Possession, use or being under the influence, or failure to make lawful disposition

  1. 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.

Woodland Park Under the Influence of a CDS Lawyers

An offense such as being under the influence of a CDS in public is not only a serious crime that can carry substantial penalties, but can also produce a result that significantly alters the path of your life.  If you have been charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance in New Jersey, you should seriously consider contacting an experienced criminal defense and trial lawyer to help guide you through the intricacies of the legal process.  Every decision you make can impact the potential penalties you face, including the prospect of incarceration. If you or someone you know has been charged with this crime, or any other criminal or drug related offense, contact Del Sardo & Montanari at (973)-233-4396 for a free consultation.

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