The Difference Between Misdemeanor And Felony Drug Offenses
In New Jersey, drug offenses – as with all crimes – largely fall into either a misdemeanor class or a felony class. As with any other charge, the severity of the penalty is much more extensive for felonies when compared to misdemeanors.
At the McGuire, Aziz & Associates, we preserve the rights and reputations of clients facing either kind of charge. Attorney Michael P. McGuire uses his years working as an attorney and as a police officer to build the defense best positioned to protect your interests.
Misdemeanor Drug Charges Are Still Serious
Most people believe that misdemeanors are minor offenses with minimal penalties and act accordingly. This could not be further from the truth. A misdemeanor drug felony may come with:
- Expensive fines
- A possible jail sentence
- Extended probationary measures
In addition to the penalties, you will still have an arrest and conviction on your file for the foreseeable future with a misdemeanor.
What Does New Jersey Consider A Felony?
Felony charges are the most serious types of drug charges a person may face. They come with extended jail sentences and fines. New Jersey considers any crime involving drugs a felony. Even with the legalization of marijuana, the New Jersey statutes still outlaw significant, trafficable amounts of the substance.
Serious Charges Demand Serious Defense
Attorney McGuire understands the stakes you face and goes to work quickly to secure your rights. Being accused of a crime and facing a charge does not make you guilty. He will take every available step to protect you throughout the case.