New Jersey residents have been hearing a lot recently about a reported rise in heroin use in the Northeast. These alarming reports may point to new problems with illegal street drugs, but they tend to obscure the fact that the authorities are increasingly concerned with illegal use of prescription medication.
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.