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Bergen County Drug Charges

Bergen County has 70 municipalities in which a disorderly persons offense or crime of the first, seocnd, third or fourth degree, for possession, distribution or possession with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine, marijuana, LSD, MDMA, Molly, Ecstasy, Xanax, Suboxone, Valium, Percocet, Hydrocodone, Vicodin, Oxycodone and other controlled dangerous substances can arise. Bergen County may be the 4th wealthiest county in New Jersey and lack any major cities but that does not mean it is lacking in drug charges. Thousands of criminal complaints and indictments for possession and distribution of controlled dangerous substances (“CDS”) like cocaine, marijuana, heroin, MDMA, methamphetamine, Ecstasy, Molly and LSD are filed in Bergen County each year. There are also countless charges for possessing, selling or possession with intent to distribute prescription drugs like Xanax, Oxycodone, Percocet, Valium, Vicodin, Hydrocodone, Adderall and Suboxone. If you were arrested and charged with a drug offense in Hackensack, Paramus, Fort Lee, Mahway, Teaneck or another municipality in Bergen County, hiring a skilled CDS defense lawyer is imperative to preserving your future.

Our firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, is a team of eight criminal attorneys that have been defending clients at the Bergen County Superior Court in Hackensack and in municipal courts throughout Bergen County for over a century combined.  Prior to limiting their practices to representing those accused of drug and other offenses, most of the lawyers served as prosecutors, including one as a Drug Task Force director and another as Drug Court supervisor. To speak to an attorney on our staff immediately, contact our Hackensack Office. A lawyers is available any time of day or night to provide a free consultation.

Charged With a Disorderly Persons Offense in Bergen County for Possession of CDS

One of the most common CDS charges in Bergen County is possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana. This violation, as well as less than 5 grams of hashish and less than 5 dosage units of prescription legend drugs (e.g. Xanax, Oxycodone, Percocet, Valium, etc.), is a disorderly persons offense.  A charge of this nature falls squarely within the limited jurisdiction of a municipal court like the 70 or so in Bergen County, including the Palisades Interstate Parkway Municipal Court and Central Municipal Court of Bergen County. A disorderly persons offense for possessing marijuana or another prohibited drug carries the potential for a 6 months jail sentence, a 6-24 month driver’s license suspension and always results in a criminal record upon conviction. The lawyers at our firm defend CDS charges falling within this grade throughout Bergen County, including:

AllendaleAlpineBergenfieldBogota Carlstadt
Ho Ho KusCliffside ParkCloster CresskillDemarest
Dumont East RutherfordEdgewaterElmwood ParkEmerson
EnglewoodEnglewood CliffsFair LawnFairviewFort Lee
Franklin LakesGarfieldGlen RockHackensackHarrington Park
Hasbrouck HeightsHaworthHillsdaleLeoniaLittle Ferry
Lodi LyndhurstMahwahMaywoodMidland Park
MontvaleMoonachieNew MilfordNorth ArlingtonNorthvale
NorwoodOaklandOld TappanOradellPalisades Park
Paramus Park RidgeRamseyRidgefieldRidgefield Park
RidgewoodRiver EdgeRiver ValeRochelle ParkRockleigh
RutherfordSaddle BrookSaddle RiverSouth HackensackTeaneck
TenaflyTeterboroUpper Saddle RiverWaldwickWallington
Washington TownshipWestwoodWoodcliff LakeWood-RidgeWyckoff

First Degree, Second Degree, Third Degree or Fourth Degree Crime at the Bergen County Superior Court for Possession or Distribution of CDS

The Bergen County Superior Court is responsible for deciding all first, second, third and fourth degree crimes involving possession and distribution of heroin, cocaine, LSD, methamphetamine, Molly, Ecstasy, MDMA and prescription drugs such as Xanax, Valium, Percocet, Morphine, Vicodin, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Suboxone. The Bergen County Superior Court is located at 10 Main St, Hackensack, NJ 07601. This court has exclusive jurisdiction to preside over cases involving a crime of the first, second, third or fourth degree for possession, distribution and possession with intent to distribute CDS. Possessing hard street drugs like cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, MDMA and LSD always fall within this category. The same is true for any charges for distributing/selling/possession with intent to distribute CDS.

The penalties for an indictable drug crime hinge on the degree of crime involved. A first degree CDS offense results in 10-20 years in prison. A second degree crime triggers 5-10 years in prison. The term of imprisonment is 3-5 years for a third degree crime. The lowest grade of felony CDS charge someone can face is a fourth degree crime that results in up to 18 months in state prison. The judges that sit in the Criminal Division of the Bergen County Superior Court are:

Presiding Judge Margaret M. Foti    201-527-2490
Judge James X. Sattely                       201-527-2650
Judge Christopher R. Kazlau             201-527-2360
Judge Frances A. Mcgrogan              201-527-2375
Judge James J. Guida                         201-527-2465
Judge Gary N. Wilcox                         201-527-2395
Judge Robert M. Vinci                        201-527-2490

Directions to Bergen County Superior Court

Bergen County CDS Lawyer

Bergen County is consistently near the top of the totals for CDS offenses given its proximity to New York City and numerous interstate highways. Irrespective of the circumstances giving rise to your drug charge, selecting the right Bergen County CDS lawyer to defend you is extremely important. Here at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, our attorneys have over 100 years of experience defending indictable drug crimes at the Hackensack courthouse and in municipal courts throughout Bergen County. Lawyers are available around the clock to speak to you by contacting our office. Call 877-450-8301 to speak to an attorney now.