Drug Crimes in New Jersey | What You Need to Know

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Drug crimes are taken very seriously in New Jersey. If you are caught buying, selling, or possessing drugs, you can face serious consequences. Read on to learn more about New Jersey’s drug laws.

What to Know About Federal Drug Scheduling

Drugs are categorized by the New Jersey Drug Controlled Dangerous Substance Act in conjunction with Federal Drug Scheduling.

  • Schedule I: These have a high potential for abuse with either no accepted medical use or lack of safe use under medical supervision. Examples can include certain opiates and heroin. While marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug, there are different rules. Medical marijuana was legalized in New Jersey in 2010 but recreational use is illegal.
  • Schedule II: These have a high potential for abuse but have some accepted medical uses, with restrictions. This can include certain opiates and drugs produced with coca leaves or extractions not containing cocaine.
  • Schedules III through V: These have a lesser potential for abuse than Schedule I and II drugs, although usage can have a degree of physical or psychological dependence. Schedule III can include amphetamines while Schedule V drugs can include a limited quantity of narcotic drugs such as codeine combined with non-narcotic substances.

The category under which the drug falls can have a large impact on the charges you face.

What are the Most Common Drug Crimes in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, the most common drug crimes and their consequences include the following:


Smaller amounts of a drug can result in charges based on personal use. Larger quantities may be seen as having the intent to distribute.

The consequences of simple possession can include fines and up to five years in jail while larger possession can result in fines and up to 10 years in jail.


When a controlled substance is given to another party, the consequences can depend on the weight of the drugs and where it took place.

These charges can result in up to 20 years in jail for severe charges.


The most severe drug crime is when drugs are brought to New Jersey from another state.

Consequences for trafficking can include life imprisonment without parole until the offender serves 25 years.

If you are facing charges for drug crimes in New Jersey, you will need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Reach out to our firm to discuss your case today.

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