Drug charges are taken very seriously in New Jersey. Sentencing for individuals convicted of drug crimes, however, can vary dramatically. Factors considered in sentencing include the amount of drugs found on the individual, the type of substance seized, specific drug charge including whether the person is charged with drug possession or drug manufacturing, the age of the defendant, and of course, whether the defendant has a history of drug charges.
Drug offenses generally carry severe penalties, which may include prison time or the suspension of the offender's driver's license. Arrests leading to a subsequent drug charge can result from a routine traffic stop.