When a situation appears to be violent or out of control, authorities may be alerted. If the authorities respond to the alert, parties who were allegedly involved could potentially face charges. Though the police may believe they are dealing with a certain type of situation, they may level allegations like drug charges against individuals if they believe they are fit for the event. As a result, parties may wish to consider their legal options.
Politicians often pride themselves as being tough on crime. Unfortunately, this can result in draconian laws that have little deterrent or rehabilitative effect. One particularly common target for politicians who want to appear tough on crime is drug laws. In fact, New Jersey readers may find it interesting to learn about a new bill that will provides prosecutors a lot more discretion when charging certain drug crimes.
Drug offenses include a broad range of criminal activities from the possession of drug paraphernalia to the intent to distribute. Penalties for drug crimes depend on a variety of factors from the quantity and type of substance in question, to the intended use. Regardless of the specific offense, a drug charge in New Jersey carry very serious consequences from jail time and fines to long and invasive probationary periods.