New Jersey Drug Crimes Attorney
When you or a loved one has been arrested or indicted on drug charges, panic and dread can set in as you realize the severity of the penalties and the seemingly uphill battle ahead of you. No matter what the charges, the prospect of a criminal drug trial or conviction on your record can wreak havoc on your future and cause extreme stress for your family and loved ones.
The severe and long-lasting consequences of a potential criminal drug conviction require swift and serious legal representation. And when your freedom and future are on the line, you need an aggressive criminal defense team with the specific experience and level of understanding needed to handle the complexities of your criminal drug case. As a former New Jersey drug crimes prosecutor-turned-defense attorney, Jason A. Volet has practical insights into how drug investigations work and what tactics the prosecution may be planning. He has the negotiation skills and the drive to fight fiercely in your defense.
When you or a loved one is facing years in jail and thousands of dollars in fines, you need a highly qualified New Jersey drug defense lawyer on your side. We know that when you’re under this type of pressure, you may be tempted to go with the lawyer who gives you the best “deal.” But you know how the old saying goes: You get what you pay for. Are you willing to risk your future and freedom just to save a few dollars?
The criminal defense team at the Law Office of Jason A. Volet, LLC, has the extensive experience, crucial insight, and solid legal skills necessary to put up a strong defense for you. Contact us now to go over the details of your case and map out the legal strategy you need.
Types of Drug Crimes Charges Our Firm Handles
Drug crime charges in New Jersey can range in severity, although all may result in devastating effects on an individual’s personal and professional life. At the Law Office of Jason A. Volet, LLC, our legal team will put up a vigorous defense against charges of:
- Drug Possession
- Heroin Possession
- Cocaine Possession
- Marijuana Possession
- Methamphetamine Possession
- Drug Importation
- Drug Manufacturing
- Drug Trafficking
- Prescription Drugs
- Pharmacy Theft
No matter what drug charges you are facing, it is crucial to retain an experienced New Jersey criminal defense lawyer as early as possible in your case. A criminal drug case has many phases, and a good drug defense attorney will take every opportunity to intervene on your behalf and push back or block the prosecution.
What Should I Expect When Facing a Drug Charge?
The New Jersey criminal court system is complex, and a criminal drug case can take a long time to make its way through the system. Almost every step of the way, there are opportunities for a skilled defense attorney to negotiate on your behalf.
Before the arrest: You may get wind that someone has issued a complaint against you, that there is a warrant out for your arrest, or that an investigation is under way. Contacting an experienced New Jersey drug defense lawyer at this stage is crucial. An attorney can advise you of your rights and make sure you are not pushed into saying or doing something that’s not in your best interest.
First appearance and bail: Once you are arrested or receive a notice to appear in court, you will make your first appearance, where your bail will be determined. A criminal defense attorney will fight for the lowest possible bail, including the option of you being released on your own recognizance (or ROR), so you can be home with your family while preparing for the next steps in your case.
Substance abuse evaluation: If you are facing a drug charge, you may have to meet with the court’s substance abuse evaluators. They will test you for possible drugs in your system and discuss your history with drugs. Based on the evaluators’ recommendations, the judge may order a drug treatment program as a condition of your release.
Pre-trial activities: Before your drug case goes to trial, there are many opportunities for a knowledgeable New Jersey criminal defense attorney to intervene and argue that the charges should be downgraded or dismissed altogether. There will also be opportunities to negotiate a plea bargain, where the prosecutor may agree to reduce or drop charges, reduce the sentence, or offer probation instead of jail time. In some cases, your attorney may be able to request pre-trial intervention (PTI), in which you could avoid formal prosecution altogether in exchange for completing a court-supervised community living program.
Indictment and arraignment: If you cannot reach a deal early, the prosecutor will present your case to a grand jury for indictment, followed by an arraignment, where a judge will formally read the charges against you. After the indictment, you and your attorney will be given access to all the evidence the prosecution intends to use against you in court. Before and after the arraignment, your attorney will continue to negotiate with the prosecutor if you are considering a plea deal. It is important to note that 70 percent of cases are resolved before they go to trial.
Trial: If your case goes to trial, that’s when you really need an experienced New Jersey criminal defense litigator on your side. Understanding how a jury works and what small things may influence their decision only comes with years of courtroom experience. A smart criminal defense attorney will also be thinking ahead to the appeals process and what issues may affect your case’s eventual outcome.
The sooner you make the decision to hire an experienced New Jersey drug crimes defense lawyer, the sooner we can get to work on your case. Our legal team will aggressively pursue the many opportunities for early intervention to avoid the costs and risks associated with a trial. However, if your case does end up going to trial, you can trust that the loyal criminal defense litigation team at the Law Office of Jason A. Volet, LLC, will fight vigorously on your behalf.
What Can Affect My Drug Charges?
There are several factors that play into what charges the state may pursue against you. For example:
Type of drug: Some drugs, such as heroin and cocaine, are considered more hazardous than others and thus carry more serious charges.
Amount and intent: Your charges may be more severe than possession if it is determined the amount you are allegedly found with indicates intent to distribute, manufacturing, or trafficking.
Where you were found: Some locations in New Jersey, such as areas near schools, have special protections and therefore will mean more severe penalties.
Prior record: As with any crime, your prior record will come into play when the state decides how to prosecute your case.
Contact a New Jersey Drug Crimes Lawyer Today
A criminal drug conviction can change your life forever. Even beyond serving the actual sentence, the repercussions can haunt you as you search for jobs and try to build new relationships and repair old ones. Don’t leave the fate of your future in the hands of an attorney who is inexperienced or desperately angling to handle your case on the cheap. Serious charges require serious representation.
New Jersey drug defense lawyer Jason A. Vogel has more than 2,000 criminal cases under his belt and has spent time on both sides of the table. He fights aggressively for the rights of clients throughout Monmouth County and Middlesex County, including those living in Freehold, Marlboro, Middletown, Wall Township, Manalapan, Howell, Rumson, Red Bank, Ocean Township, Colts Neck, Holmdel, Monroe, and Millstone.
If you or a loved one is struggling to combat drug charges, contact the understanding and loyal criminal defense team at the Law Office of Jason A. Volet, LLC, today. We will take swift action in your defense and will be by your side every step of the way to fight for your rights and your freedom. Fill out our online form or call us to speak to a knowledgeable New Jersey criminal defense lawyer about your case now.
“Mr. Volet got me off on a conditional discharge. I am extremely happy with Mr. Volets work on my behalf.”– Robert