Defense Attorneys for Leader of a Drug Trafficking Network in Bergen County, NJ

Hackensack Drug Crimes Defense Lawyers

Leader of Drug Network Charges Bergen County NJTravis J. Tormey and the team of criminal trial lawyers at The Tormey Law Firm have extensive experience representing clients charged with drug-related crimes, including distribution of marijuana, possession of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia in Bergen County municipalities such as Elmwood Park, Palisades Interstate Park, and Montvale. Having successfully handled thousands of criminal cases in New Jersey, involving indictable felony charges in Superior Courts and disorderly persons offenses in Municipal Courts, these resourceful legal professionals will pursue every avenue available in order to overcome your charges. In addition, our attorneys have served on both sides of the legal aisle. We now use that invaluable experience as prosecutors to defend our clients charged with similar drug offenses. For a free consultation about your case with one of our talented lawyers, contact our Hackensack offices anytime at (201)-330-4979.


Leader of a Narcotics Trafficking Network in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:35-3

§ 2C:35-3. Leader of a narcotics trafficking network

A person is a leader of a narcotics trafficking network if he conspires with two or more other persons in a scheme or course of conduct to unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, bring into or transport in this State methamphetamine, lysergic acid diethylamide, phencyclidine, gamma hydroxybutyrate, flunitrazepam or any controlled dangerous substance classified in Schedule I or II, or any controlled substance analog thereof as a financier, or as an organizer, supervisor or manager of at least one other person.

Leader of narcotics trafficking network is a crime of the first degree and upon conviction thereof, except as may be provided by N.J.S.2C:35-12, a person shall be sentenced to an ordinary term of life imprisonment during which the person must serve 25 years before being eligible for parole. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection a. of N.J.S.2C:43-3, the court may also impose a fine not to exceed $750,000.00 or five times the street value of the controlled dangerous substance , controlled substance analog, gamma hydroxybutyrate or flunitrazepam involved, whichever is greater.

As used in this section:
“Financier” means a person who, with the intent to derive a profit, provides money or credit or other thing of value in order to purchase a controlled dangerous substance or an immediate precursor, or otherwise to finance the operations of a drug trafficking network.


Penalties for Leading a Drug Trafficking Network in New Jersey

As the above statute stipulates, a conviction for being a leader of a drug trafficking enterprise is a first degree offense. Typically, first degree crimes are punishable by a sentence to serve between 10 and 20 years in prison. However, this statute mandates a sentence of life in prison, with a mandatory minimum of 25 years to be served without the possibility of parole. As such, it is imperative that a defendant avoids being convicted under this section — either through a negotiated plea to a downgraded charge or through a not-guilty verdict at trial.


Contact The Tormey Law Firm in Hackensack NJ for Help with Your Case

If you’ve been accused of leading a drug trafficking organization in New Jersey, having an aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side is essential. Our attorneys are always on-call to provide immediate assistance. Just call our Hackensack, New Jersey offices at (201)-330-4979. You can also fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case or an in-person appointment at our office.


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