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NJ Defense Attorney for Distributing, Dispensing or Possessing CDS Within 500 Feet of Certain Public Property

NJ Lawyer Fighting Drug Charges in Public Parks and Public Housing Facilities

Experienced criminal defense lawyer Alissa D. Hascup represents clients throughout New Jersey who have been charged with a variety of criminal offenses, including drug charges, theft by extortion, kidnapping, and resisting arrest in Paterson, Morristown, Newark, Hackensack, and Elizabeth.

She has successfully defended thousands of cases in New Jersey’s Superior Courts (indictable/felony level offenses) and Municipal Courts (disorderly persons/misdemeanor level offenses). Ms. Hascup is a former Assistant County Prosecutor, Special Deputy Attorney General, and Municipal Prosecutor, who handled a variety of serious drug-related cases during the course of her distinguished career. She knows what it takes for the State to prove a drug case beyond a reasonable doubt – and will use that knowledge to defend the charges filed against you.

Being charged with a drug crime, such as distributing, dispensing or possessing with the intent to distribute within 500 feet of certain public property, can have serious consequences, including hefty fines and a term of incarceration. Having an aggressive, experienced defense lawyer to guide you through the legal process is invaluable. Ms. Hascup is prepared to attack the State’s case and put you in a position to achieve the best possible result. Contact her anytime for an initial consultation, which is always provided free of charge.

Distributing, Dispensing or Possessing Within 500 Feet of Certain Public Property in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7.1

N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7.1 sets forth:

a. Any person who violates subsection a. of N.J.S.2C:35-5 by distributing, dispensing or possessing with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog while in, on or within 500 feet of the real property comprising a public housing facility, a public park, or a public building is guilty of a crime of the Second Degree (punishable by a term of incarceration between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison) and shall, except that it is a crime of the Third Degree (punishable by a term of incarceration between 3 and 5 years in New Jersey State Prison) if the violation involved less than one ounce of marijuana.

b. It shall be no defense to a prosecution for violation of this section that the actor was unaware that the prohibited conduct took place while one or within 500 feet of a public housing facility, a public park, or a public building.

NOTE: As used in this act:

“Public housing facility” means any dwelling, complex of dwellings, accommodation, building, structure or facility and real property of any nature appurtenant thereto and used in connection therewith, which is owned by or leased to a local housing authority in accordance with the “Local Redevelopment and Housing Law,” for the purpose of providing living accommodations to persons of low income.

“Public park” means a park, recreation facility, or area or playground owned or controlled by a State, county or local government unit.

“Public building” means any publicly owned or leased library or museum.

Contact a NJ Public Property Drug (CDS) Charges Defense Lawyer Today

If you are facing charges for Distributing, Dispensing or Possessing Within 500 Feet of Certain Public Property, there are serious consequences associated with a conviction, including hefty fines and exposure to jail time. Don’t delay in hiring legal representation to protect your freedom and your rights.

Criminal defense lawyer Alissa D. Hascup is available anytime to discuss your case. Contact her today for a free consultation.

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If you are facing criminal charges in New Jersey, you want a battle-tested, aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side. Alissa D. Hascup will protect your rights and your freedom. She is highly skilled and incredibly motivated and puts clients first – always.

Please contact Ms. Hascup’s office today to request a free initial consultation about your criminal charges. She will review the facts of your case, answer your questions, and explain how she can best defend you.

Ms. Hascup can be reached 24/7. For your convenience, she offers night and weekend appointments, as well as virtual appointments.

Courts We Serve

In Passaic County, including Paterson, Clifton, Wayne, Passaic, West Milford, Hawthorne, Little Falls, Pompton Lakes, Ringwood, Woodland Park, Wanaque, Totowa, North Haledon, Haledon, Bloomingdale, and Prospect Park, in Morris County, including Morristown, Parsippany, Denville, Randolph, Rockaway, Madison, Boonton, Dover, East Hanover, Montville, Lincoln Park, Pequannock, Butler, and Riverdale, in Essex County, including Newark, East Orange, West Orange, South Orange, Irvington, Bloomfield, Montclair, Belleville, Nutley, Maplewood, Millburn, Verona, Cedar Grove, West Caldwell, Glen Ridge, Fairfield, and Roseland.


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Totowa, NJ 07512

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