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Drug Distribution

Ocean County Drug Distribution Attorneys

The Ocean County criminal attorneys at Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have earned a solid reputation in defending drug distribution charges over the last several decades. The lawyers that make up our eight member defense team possess over 100 years of experience representing clients charged with distributing, selling and possession with intent to distribute almost every variety of controlled dangerous substance ("cds"). It is extremely important that you retain an attorney with a high level of knowledge and skill in distribution offenses as the penalties imposed for these activities are severe in New Jersey. The Toms River Office of Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall possesses the level of qualification you need to insure maximum protection. Our partners and associates are extremely familiar with the court system in Ocean County and have even served as prosecutors in Toms River, Brick, Jackson, Manchester, Berkeley and elsewhere in the region. A lawyer is available at 732-286-6500 to answer your questions and to discuss your best options for handling your distribution case.

Distribution of Heroin, Cocaine, MDMA & Other Schedule I CDS

The vast majority of charges for distributing CDS arise out of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5.   This law makes it a third degree, second degree or first degree crime to distribute or sell a Schedule I form of cds including heroin, cocaine and MDMA. Where a particular case for distribution of drugs falls within this grading hinges on the quantity involved. The chart that follows outlines the penalties that apply under 2C:35-5 for distributing this category of cds.





First Degree

5 Ounces or More


10-20 Years

Second Degree

.5 to 4.99 ounces


5-10 Years

Third Degree

Less than .5 ounces


Up to 5 Years

Distributing Marijuana in Ocean County

If an individual distributes marijuana of a quantity of 25 lbs. or more, or 50 or more marijuana plants, he or she is guilty of a crime in the first degree and faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $300,000. It is a second degree crime to distribute at least five pounds but less than 25 pounds of marijuana. The penalties for second degree marijuana distribution include 5-10 years in prison and a fine that can reach $150,000. If the quantity is at least one ounce but less than 5 lbs. of marijuana, it is a third degree offense, carrying up to 5 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000. If the quantity is less than one ounce, fourth degree distribution arises. This grade of marijuana distribution results in up to 18 months in jail and a $25,000 fine.

Our Toms River Criminal Lawyers Are Ready to Defend Your Distribution Offense

If you or someone you know has been charged with a drug distribution offense in Ocean County, a lawyer from our office can help you avoid these tough penalties. Our attorneys are fully knowledgeable of drug distribution charges and can have your charged dismissed or downgraded. We have successfully defended drug distribution charges for individuals throughout Ocean County and have earned a reputation as tough criminal attorneys. Our legal team includes Matthew Dorry who is a former prosecutor in Barnegat, Beach Haven, Beachwood, Brick Town, Harvey Cedars, Long Beach, Mantoloking, Plumsted, Point Pleasant Beach, Ship Bottom, Toms River, Tuckerton, Little Egg Harbor, Stafford Township, Eagleswood Township, Lacey Township  and Surf City. We certainly have extensive knowledge and experience defending possession with intent to distribute charges in Ocean County and are ready to assist you so that the very best result in your matter can be achieved. Contact our Toms River Office at (732) 286-6500 to speak to a knowledgeable attorney immediately.

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What Clients Say About Our Ocean County Criminal Defense Attorneys
Exemplary attorneys. I hired them for a DUI and an expungement. I was happy with the results for both cases. Special thank you to Samera for always answering all of my calls and questions JC
I'm 45 years old and this was my first time ever getting in trouble with the law. I was in need of a lawyer and after careful research, I called John F. Marshall Attorneys and was introduced to Abe Basch. Abe was professional, supportive and very thorough. I had three charges against me, one civil and two criminal. I was so scared and expressed that to Abe. The first day I had to go to court, I was an absolute nervous wreck but Abe prepped me and kept my anxiety levels down by going over the process of the courts thoroughly with me. He fought to get my charges dismissed and won all three cases (two court appearances). Abe is positive, confident and he ensured I felt the same way. I'd like to say thank you to Abe for working so diligently on my cases to get them dismissed. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my chest! I highly recommend Abe for any charges you may be faced with. Rose C.
I was out of state on a family emergency and I had to retain council asap as a boy friend was sitting in county jail with the new no bail point system and Mr marshal and staff made me feel Soo much better knowing that my detained loved one was in such great hands! He spoke to me as I was outta state kept in touch allowed me to work out payment due to the situation and just all out the difference in my bfs voice alone with all the medical problems and such he was going threw sounded better than he had since the first day he was there and was Soo happy that Mr marshal went that day retained to see him in the jail and have him ready for court which wasn't supposed to be till Friday but again Mr marshall and team got it so we can get him now on wendsday and all I have to say is if your looking for a real down to earth lawyer that will work with you and help in anyway possible and I can't for get the team at the office TONI and everyone else thank you again I'd give 100 stars if I could! Nicole J.
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