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Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS)

South Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) Lawyers

Skilled Criminal Defense Lawyers Advocate For Clients Charged With Drug Possession In Camden County, Burlington County, and Gloucester County, New Jersey 

In New Jersey, certain drugs and their compounds are categorized as “controlled dangerous substances” (CDS) under the law.  With this classification, it is illegal to possess, sell, manufacture, or distribute the drug — and the compound — except as provided under New Jersey law. New Jersey imposes strict penalties for drug possession and if you are facing a drug charge in the Garden State, you should not take these charges lightly. 

South Jersey controlled dangerous substance (CDS) lawyers at Aydelotte & Scardella Law LLC have 18 years of combined criminal defense experience and in-depth knowledge of New Jersey’s laws regarding possession of controlled dangerous substances (CDS). Our skilled legal team protects the rights of those individuals who are charged with drug possession in New Jersey, aggressively defending the charges on their behalf. Aydelotte & Scardella Law LLC offers a free initial consultation so you can make the most informed decision regarding your case.

New Jersey’s Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) Classifications and Schedules 

Drugs are classified as controlled dangerous substances (CDS) when they are susceptible to abuse. New Jersey classifies CDS into five different “schedules” — a way of categorizing the drugs into different levels under federal and state statutes based on their potential for abuse. 

In New Jersey, controlled dangerous substances are classified according to the following schedules:

Schedule I

New Jersey classifies the most dangerous drugs as Schedule I. These drugs do not have a legitimate, approved medicinal use in the United States and they have a high potential for abuse and addiction. In New Jersey, Schedule I drugs include:

  • Marijuana
  • Heroin
  • Synthetic Marijuana
  • Acid
  • LSD
  • MDMA (ecstasy)
  • Psilocybin Mushrooms

Schedule II

In New Jersey, substances that are classified as Schedule II have a high potential for abuse and are also currently accepted for medicinal use in the United States with severe restrictions. When Schedule II substances are abused it may lead to psychic or physical dependence. In New Jersey, Schedule II drugs include:

  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet)
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
  • Codeine
  • Morphine
  • Fentanyl
  • Amphetamine, including Dexedrine & Adderall
  • Methylphenidate (Ritalin)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Methadone
  • Meperidine (Demerol)

Schedule III

In New Jersey, substances that are classified as Schedule III have a potential for abuse that is less than the substances classified under Schedule I and II. Schedule III substances are accepted for medicinal use but could cause high psychic dependence or low/moderate physical dependence. In New Jersey, Schedule III drugs include:

  • Tylenol With Codeine
  • Anabolic Steroids
  • Testosterone
  • Ketamine
  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone)

Schedule IV

In New Jersey, substances that are classified as schedule IV have a low potential for abuse compared to the substances listed in Schedules I, II, and III. Substances in Schedule IV are accepted for medicinal use and may cause limited physical or psychic dependence. In New Jersey, Schedule IV drugs include:

  • Xanax (Alprazolam)
  • Ambien (Zolpidem)
  • Valium (Diazepam)
  • Darvocet (propoxyphene and acetaminophen)
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin)

Schedule V

In New Jersey, substances that are classified as Schedule V have a low potential for abuse compared to the substances listed in the other Schedules. These substances may be sold over-the-counter for medical purposes and may have limited psychic dependence or physical dependence. In New Jersey, Schedule V drugs include:

  • Codeine (less than 200 milligrams)
  • Opium (less than 100 milligrams)
  • Dihydrocodeine (less than 100 milligrams)
  • Ethylmorphine (less than 100 milligrams)
  • Diphenoxylate (less than 2.5 milligrams) 

Penalties For Drug Possession In New Jersey

New Jersey has stiff penalties for drug possession and they include the following:

Cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and other illicit drugs

  • Possession of any amount is considered a third-degree crime and the penalty includes prison time of 3 to 5 years and a fine of up to $35,000

Marijuana

  • New Jersey allows medical use of marijuana and qualifying patients and/or their caregivers may possess up to 2 oz. of marijuana per month
  • Possession of less than 50g of marijuana or less than 5g of hashish is considered a disorderly persons offense and the penalty includes jail time of up to 6 months and a fine of up to $1,000
  • Possession of more than 50g of marijuana or more than 5 g of hashish is considered a fourth-degree crime and the penalty includes jail time of up to 18 months and a fine of up to $15,000

Drug Paraphernalia

  • Possession of any drug paraphernalia is considered a disorderly persons offense and the penalty includes jail time of up to 6 months and a fine of up to $1,000

Unauthorized Prescription Drugs

  • Possession of any amount is considered a third-degree crime and the penalty includes prison time of 3 to 5 years and a fine of up to $35,000

Talented Drug Offense Attorneys Skillfully Defend Clients Facing Charges Involving Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS)

If you or a loved one has been charged with drug possession or distribution in New Jersey, it is critical to have a full understanding of New Jersey’s laws regarding controlled dangerous substances. The South Jersey controlled dangerous substance attorneys at Aydelotte & Scardella Law LLC skillfully prepare a strategic defense of the charges against you with a track record of successful outcomes. Aydelotte & Scardella Law LLC offers a free confidential consultation with a member of our team so you can gain a better understanding of your rights under the law and how we can help you fight the charges brought against you. Schedule your free consultation with our office today.

Frequently Asked Questions About Controlled Dangerous Substance Offenses In South Jersey

FAQ: What does “drug paraphernalia” mean under New Jersey’s drug laws?

In New Jersey, “drug paraphernalia” is defined as any object that is used to make, grow, pack or introduce a controlled dangerous substance into the human body. It is not uncommon for those who are charged with drug possession to also face charges for possession of drug paraphernalia. If you are convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia, it is considered a disorderly persons offense and it brings a fine of up to $1,000 and jail time of up to six months in jail.

FAQ: In New Jersey, what is the penalty for possessing unauthorized prescription drugs?

Any amount of an unauthorized prescription drug is considered a third-degree crime in New Jersey. The penalty for possession of unauthorized prescription drugs includes a fine of up to $35,000 and a prison term of 3 to 5 years.

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