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Controlled Dangerous Substance

Among the most serious accusations out there are those involving a Controlled Dangerous Substance, or CDS. Conviction could lead to heavy fines, jail or prison time, and a potential loss of your rights. If you’re facing a charge of possession, distribution or manufacturing of a controlled dangerous substance, you want a lawyer who doesn’t stop fighting on your behalf.

At Garces, Grabler & LeBrocq, our attorneys have a well-earned reputation for providing the highest quality representation for people facing CDS charges. We know the drug laws inside and out, and have successfully defended the accused in five different counties in New Jersey. We know that you’re confused and frightened, and that you need a criminal defense attorney who will stop at nothing to protect your rights in court.

Understanding Your Criminal Charges

Drug-related criminal charges are among the most complex to defend. In the state of New Jersey, controlled dangerous substances are divided into five “schedules;” these are determined by the probability of the substance becoming addictive as well as how deadly a drug may be, and whether or not the drug has any medical use in the U.S. They are broken down as:

  • Schedule I – Highly addictive substances with no medical use. MDMA and heroin are Schedule I drugs, as are most hallucinogens such as mushrooms. Currently, marijuana and cannabis are considered Schedule I drugs, although that designation may change with the acceptance of medical marijuana in New Jersey.
  • Schedule II – Highly addictive, but with strict medical uses; thus, both methadone (used to wean heroin addicts) and crystal meth fall into this category, as do cocaine, Vicodin, opium and oxycodone.
  • Schedule III – These CDSs have a risk for addiction, though the risk is less than it is for the first two schedules. Anabolic steroids and Valium are two examples.
  • Schedule IV – Compared to the first three schedules, schedule IV drugs are less dangerous, though some possibility for addiction remains. Prescription drugs like Atavan and Xanax fall into this group.
  • Schedule V – Schedule V drugs are simply drugs from other schedule in lower doses. Criminal charges stemming from possession, distribution or manufacturing of schedule V drugs are still serious, however, and should be handled by a competent attorney.

Being accused of breaking any of New Jersey’s drug laws is very serious; facing federal charges even more so. At GGL, we always fight to have our clients’ charges dropped entirely. When that’s not possible, we put our formidable skills as negotiators and litigators to obtain the best possible outcome for our clients.

With eight offices throughout the state of New Jersey, we make it easy for you to get the help you need, when you need it. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney, please call 1-800-923-3456 or contact us online. We have the skills and the resources you want on your side.

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Bill Grabler handled several comp case's for me including permanent worker's comp. He did a fantastic job.
, Jul 21, 2016
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, Feb 17, 2017
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, Aug 3, 2016
Staff was very helpful and explained the case as it went along.
, Jul 21, 2016
I had the good fortune of Mr. Pasquale Vella representing in a matter that I had deemed a bleak one, with no positive outcome in sight. Vella assured me that he would work hard to get me the best results possible, and that is exactly what he did. He worked tirelessly making sure he covered all possible angles, and in the end I was extremely pleased with his services. Vella proved to be diligent, aggressive in yielding results, and very professional, all while maintaining a communicative yet good natured rapport with me as his client. I would most certainly use his services again in the future as well as highly recommend him to anyone in need of a great criminal defense attorney.
, Nov 9, 2016
Very satisfied
, Aug 3, 2016
Excelentes abogados
, May 8, 2016
Hi, it was a very good experience !! I appreciate all the things the Lawyer did for me, he won the case, thank you so much again, I am 100% satisfied!
, Mar 29, 2017
A well-prepared staff who handled everything we asked. Made us feel welcome and handled everything professionally.
, Jun 13, 2016
Awesome job , very pleased with the outcome of my case !
, Jan 4, 2017
Increíbly Professional and dedicated peple to the service of the Law. William Garces has to be One of the Nicest most professional lawyers I ever come across...I know not a lot of people trust lawyers but This firm will treat you with such consideration and dedication that You forget you are a Client. I would recommend this Firm to every Person I know .
, Mar 1, 2017
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, Oct 23, 2016
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, Jul 19, 2016
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, Jun 14, 2016
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, Jul 24, 2016
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, May 26, 2016
Great attorney , Pat Vella . Got all points dropped from my record . I owe this man 100xs over ! Thank you !
, Oct 21, 2016
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, Mar 22, 2017
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, May 21, 2016
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, May 23, 2016
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, May 7, 2016
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, May 24, 2016
Very please with law firm
, Apr 2, 2017
Great service and support from start to end.
, Jun 15, 2016
Buen trabajo. Muchas gracias.
, Oct 23, 2016
I found my attorney, Mr. Kessous, to be highly professional, knowledgeable, friendly and effective. He was highly responsive to my questions and concerns and easy to work with, and achieved the desired settlement for me in regard to my traffic ticket. If I were in the same situation all over again, I would choose to work with him without hesitation, and expect that if I were to face a similar situation in the foreseeable future, I would contact him. I would also provide his name with the highest recommendation to others in the area for such problems. (I also found his assistant, Gabriela Vargas, to be quite responsive and helpful as well.) Thanks again for all of your help!
, Jan 25, 2017
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, Jul 20, 2016
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, Jun 15, 2016
Far exceeded my expectations. Mr. Vella was confident and professional. Should I require legal assistance in the future I won't hesitate to call them.
, Oct 21, 2016
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, Oct 12, 2016