An Essex County drug possession lawyer can help you if you are facing incarceration, probation, fines, and mandatory surcharges following a conviction for a drug crime.
Essex County drug possession lawyer Scott Gorman will use his experience, dedication, and knowledge to minimize or eliminate those penalties altogether. Scott has helped hundreds of people who were charged with drug possession and related crimes in New Jersey to obtain positive outcomes.
Scott knows it is essential to carefully review your case to determine which defenses would be the most effective to pursue in light of the facts of your particular case. For example, both the federal and New Jersey constitutions protect you from unreasonable searches and seizures. If a court finds that the police violated your guarantee of freedom from such searches and seizures, the evidence obtained as a result of the unlawful search or seizure will almost certainly be suppressed. This means that the State will not be able to use that evidence at trial. In many instances, suppression of evidence will result in an acquittal, because without the suppressed evidence, the State will be unable to carry its burden of proof to establish the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
In some cases, the State may be unable to prove that the defendant possessed the drugs at issue. The State will sometimes seek to prove that a defendant possessed drugs even though the defendant lacked physical control over the substances at issue. A defendant can be found guilty of possession of drugs if that person is found to have had constructive possession of drugs, meaning that the defendant was aware of the presence of the drugs and had both the intent and the ability to exercise physical control or dominion over the substances at some time. If the State seeks to prove that a defendant constructively possessed drugs, a skilled lawyer may be able to raise reasonable doubt as to whether the defendant was able to exercise control over the drugs or that the defendant ever intended to do so.
In other situations, a lawyer may be able to defeat the State’s argument that the defendant was aware of the possession of a drug. For example, the Supreme Court of New Jersey has held that even if a defendant is aware that he is in possession of some type of contraband, if the defendant is not shown to have known that he possessed drugs, the defendant cannot properly be convicted of possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Scott Gorman will thoroughly review the evidence in your case and he will use his training and experience to find the weaknesses of the State’s case and develop an effective defense strategy on your behalf.
If you or someone you love is charged with a drug crime, call Essex County drug possession lawyer Scott Gorman today to schedule an initial consultation. Scott will discuss your case with you so that you have a better understanding of what to expect. He educate you regarding potential defenses that may be raised, and the consequences that could result from a conviction. Let Scott begin the process of aggressively defending you immediately to give you the best chance at avoiding the substantial and long-lasting consequences that can occur from a drug conviction.