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New Jersey Drug Crimes Attorney

Aggressive Drug Charges Defense Lawyer in Cherry Hill, NJ Represents Clients Facing Drug-Related Criminal Offenses in Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and Throughout NJ

A drug charge arrest in New Jersey can lead to serious criminal penalties, even if it is your first offense. New Jersey drug laws have become increasingly harsh in recent years—even while many widely believe that crimes involving drugs like marijuana are no longer punished. An experienced New Jersey drug crimes attorney will fight to protect your legal rights and work to minimize the penalties you might face.

Michele Finizio, a respected New Jersey drug crimes attorney, has successfully helped countless clients through the criminal process. The firm has over 20 years of experience and knows how to beat drug charges, regardless of how simple or complex they are. With The Law Offices of Michele Finizio’s skilled litigators and forceful negotiators on your side, you can rest assured that you have a strong advocate fighting to protect your rights every step of the way.

The New Jersey drug crimes attorney at The Law Offices of Michele Finizio works hard for our clients. The firm’s results show the number of satisfied clients the firm has helped navigate the legal process. You want a drug charges defense lawyer in Cherry Hill, NJ with a proven track record of success to fight the charges against you. At The Law Offices of Michele Finizio, you can expect a New Jersey drug crimes attorney who is considerate, easy to talk to, and who will never push you to accept a plea.

The firm reviews your case for free, so contact The Law Offices of Michele Finizio to schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced New Jersey drug crimes attorney today.

Facing A Criminal Charge And Have Questions? We Can Help. Contact The Law Offices of Michele Finizio Today At 856-888-9059 Or Fill Our Our Convenient Online Contact Form For A Free Consultation About Your Case.

New Jersey Drug Charges and Penalties

New Jersey Drug Crimes Attorney

New Jersey drug laws are detailed, and the penalties for a drug charge conviction can vary dramatically depending upon a number of factors. Some of those factors include:

  • How much of the drug was in your possession?
  • Did you intend to sell the drugs for profit?
  • How are the drugs involved classified on the list of controlled dangerous substances?
  • Are you a first-time offender?

Drugs are classified as controlled dangerous substances based on whether there is an accepted medical use for the drug and their addictive qualities. Charges involving Schedule I substances carry the harshest penalties. For example:

  • Schedule I substances include drugs like heroin, MDMA, and LSD
  • Schedule II substances include drugs like cocaine, oxycodone, and Adderall
  • Schedule III substances include drugs like amphetamines and drugs with codeine

Whether you intended to sell the drugs for profit is also a strong indicator of how serious your punishment will be, and can be inferred from the surrounding circumstances. A large quantity of illegal drugs can lead to the conclusion that the defendant intended to sell those drugs, as can whether the drugs were separated and packaged for sale. Examples of New Jersey drug charges and their potential penalties include:

  • Possession of drug paraphernalia (pipes, bowls, syringes, etc.), which is a disorderly persons offense that can carry up to six months in prison, $500-$1,000 in fines, and a driver’s license suspension
  • Possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana is also a disorderly persons offense
  • Possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana is a fourth-degree felony that can carry up to 18 months in jail
  • Possession of cocaine, heroin or oxycontin is a third-degree crime that can result in three to five years in prison and substantial financial penalties ($35,000 is about average)
  • Possession of four or fewer prescription drug pills with the intent to distribute for profit is a fourth-degree crime under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.5 that can result in up to 18 months in prison and $10,000 in fines

Defenses to New Jersey Drug Charges

An experienced New Jersey drug crimes attorney will evaluate the full circumstances surrounding the allegations against you to build a comprehensive, persuasive defense strategy tailored to your case. Common defenses to drug charges include:

  • Lack of probable cause for a traffic stop
  • Lack of a valid search warrant to search your property
  • Lack of probable cause to request a search of your vehicle
  • The police failed to explain your right to refuse consent to search your vehicle
  • There was no actual or constructive drug possession

The range of defense options in drug charge cases is as diverse as the charges themselves. In many cases, a skilled New Jersey Drug Crimes Attorney can move to have evidence excluded based on the police’s actions in searching for the drugs. Without full evidence, the prosecution could drop the charges against you or decide to charge you with a lesser-degree crime. 

First-time offenders may also be eligible to participate in a diversionary program if the charges are relatively minor. A diversionary program is a type of probation. The judge imposes restrictions, such as refraining from any criminal activity, completing counseling, and submitting to random drug testing. Upon completion, the charges against you are dropped, and you can move to have the arrest expunged.

The Law Offices of Michele Finizio works with the best New Jersey drug crimes attorney to offer clients the best chance of getting a positive outcome. To learn more, schedule a free case review today.


I can honestly say that I am 100% satisfied with the outcome of my case. Michael handled my case very well. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who needs help with any court issues.

Lelany J.


Very realistic and professional. Great with communication and prompt with follow ups. Flexible with availability, responds to both texts and phone calls. I was very happy with the service I received.

Jerilyn N.


Michele is an amazing attorney. She goes above and beyond to help. She answers her phone at all times of the day and is eager to get you the answers and give you the advice and representation you need. Don’t hesitate to use her services!!!!

J. L.

Speak with an Experienced New Jersey Drug Crimes Attorney Today

When facing drug charges, even those involving marijuana, you need a strong legal team by your side. The Law Offices of Michele Finizio will work with you every step of the way, fighting to protect your rights and advocating fiercely on your behalf. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling the firm’s office or filling out this online contact form today.

Get A Free Consultation With An Experienced New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney. All You Have To Do Is Call 856-888-9059 Or Fill Out Our Online Contact Form.

New Jersey Drug Crimes Attorney Answers Frequently Asked Questions About Drug Charges in New Jersey

Do I have to answer the police officer’s questions about drugs they have found? 

No. You have the right to an attorney before answering any police questions. However, you should remain polite and calm, and simply tell the officer you will wait to answer any questions until you have an attorney present. This is your constitutional right. An attorney can work to protect your legal rights, and help make sure you don’t give away any information that could inadvertently incriminate you.

Can I lose my driver’s license if I’m convicted of drug charges? 

Yes, in some circumstances, the judge can order a driver’s license suspension. Unlike in DUI/DWI cases, however, the license suspension is not necessarily set in stone in all cases. Our Drug Charges Defense Lawyer in Cherry Hill, NJ can work to show that loss of your driver’s license would create an undue hardship given the circumstances. Having a skilled and knowledgeable lawyer by your side gives you the best chance of keeping your license.

Reviews Matter

*Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.

"I am extremely grateful for the exceptional legal services provided by my lawyer (Michele Finizio) in handling my charges. Their expertise and dedication played a pivotal role in achieving positive outcomes for my case. Very Grateful.”
- Enrique R.

“Had a case and hired the team. Recieved a better outcome than anticipated. The process was smooth and relaxed. Definitely recommend! Thank you everyone!”
- Yashar E.

"I was facing some serious charges and Michele and Kevin made me feel comfortable and at ease throughout the whole process. Very professional, understanding, courteous, and diligent. Michele’s firm was highly recommended to me by a friend who has used her a few times. 10/10 highly recommend. Thank you so much Michele and Kevin!!!!"
- Samantha O.

“I highly recommend this law firm. They were easy to contact and very knowledgeable. I will definitely work with them again.”
- Stevey M.
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