Bergen County Drug Charges
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:
|Ho Ho Kus||Cliffside Park||Closter||Cresskill||Demarest|
|Dumont||East Rutherford||Edgewater||Elmwood Park||Emerson|
|Englewood||Englewood Cliffs||Fair Lawn||Fairview||Fort Lee|
|Franklin Lakes||Garfield||Glen Rock||Hackensack||Harrington Park|
|Hasbrouck Heights||Haworth||Hillsdale||Leonia||Little Ferry|
|Montvale||Moonachie||New Milford||North Arlington||Northvale|
|Norwood||Oakland||Old Tappan||Oradell||Palisades Park|
|Paramus||Park Ridge||Ramsey||Ridgefield||Ridgefield Park|
|Ridgewood||River Edge||River Vale||Rochelle Park||Rockleigh|
|Rutherford||Saddle Brook||Saddle River||South Hackensack||Teaneck|
|Tenafly||Teterboro||Upper Saddle River||Waldwick||Wallington|
|Washington Township||Westwood||Woodcliff Lake||Wood-Ridge||Wyckoff|
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 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.