On Aug. 14, it was reported that a New Jersey woman who was accused of being in possession of what was believed to be heroin was charged with drug possession with intent to distribute. According to the report, her bail was set at $40,000 cash only.
The woman was accused of being involved in the alleged crimes at an apartment building that was reportedly located within 1,000 feet of school property and within 500 feet of public property. As a result, she was charged with possession with intent to distribute drugs near school and public property.
It was stated in the report that the woman had 13 prior incidents of drug arrests and other convictions on her record, including four disorderly persons convictions and three convictions of drug distribution near a school, among others.
New Jersey takes allegations of drug crimes seriously. Those who are convicted may be sentenced to prison and extensive probation. Additionally, the conviction may go on their criminal record, which may make finding future employment difficult.
If the prosecution has strong evidence that the defendant was involved in criminal drug activity, the accused person's attorney may be able to get the severity of any punishments reduced. For example, they may be able to find evidence that the authorities did not follow proper procedures during the investigation. If it can be shown that authorities illegally searched the defendant and, as a result, illegally seized evidence, the evidence may be deemed inadmissible. If the argument is strong enough, the attorney may be able to get the charges dismissed altogether.
Source: NJ.com, "Jersey City woman arrested on drug charges: cops", Michaelangelo Conte, August 14, 2014