Monmouth County Attorney Skilled In Drug Crime Defense

Possession or distribution of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) such as cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine carries very heavy penalties in New Jersey. Because drug crime cases are so factually driven, you need an attorney who is thorough and highly knowledgeable about the burdens of proof the state must meet and the available defenses.

At The Law Offices of Santiago & Associates, PC, our lawyer is a former prosecutor with 15 years of trial experience. He has the skill to dig deeply into the facts of your case in order to uncover any mistakes that law enforcement may have made. He will determine if:

  • Your Constitutional rights were violated and if the police followed proper search and seizure procedures?
  • Is there sufficient evidence to prove the charges against you?
  • Can the prosecution prove that you legally possessed the drugs found in or on your property?

Brimage Guidelines And Sentence Enhancements

Certain cases fall within Brimage Guidelines, based on State v. Brimage 153 N.J. 1 (1998). If your case is affected by the Brimage Guidelines, the prosecutor's office will enhance your sentence based on factors such as:

  • Your prior criminal history
  • The amount of the drugs that were recovered
  • The location the drugs were found

Such an enhancement can result in a very significant prison sentence. For instance, if the alleged drug offense occurred within 1,000 feet of a school or within 500 feet of a public park or housing project, you will be in danger of a much longer period of incarceration than normal.

You May Be Eligible For Drug Court Instead Of Prison

The Drug Court Program was established to help individuals overcome their addictions and substance abuse issues. Instead of jail time, individuals receive rehabilitation services and treatment.

If you successfully complete the program, the charges against you will be dismissed. Essentially, it will keep your background check clean. You will also be able to legally tell prospective employers, landlords and others that you have never been convicted of a crime.

We can discuss Drug Court with you and determine if it would be an effective solution. Call The Law Offices of Santiago & Associates, PC, at 732-410-7138 for a free, 15-minute, in-office consultation today. You can also reach our Freehold office by email.