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Criminal defense: New Jersey police accuse man of drug crimes

Police in New Jersey and elsewhere may arrest someone on suspicion of a drug crime. However, it takes a lot more than mere accusation to obtain a conviction in court. To fully adjudicate a case, the person accused must be afforded an opportunity to present a criminal defense against the charges he or she is facing.

A 35-year-old man was recently arrested after police searched his home. The officers were acting as part of a drug task force that has been investigating a supposed organized drug operation with which they suspect the man in question is connected. Police claim to have seized a substantial amount of cash from the man's home as well as substances they alleged were heroin and cocaine.

In cases like this, substances police have seized during a search must be sent to a laboratory if prosecutors file charges against the person in custody. It is up to prosecutors to prove to the court that the substances are, in fact, the drugs they claim them to be. They must also convince the judge or jury that the defendant committed crimes that involved the substances in question. 

The New Jersey man who was recently taken into custody on suspicion of drug crimes was released on a $200,000 secured bond after attending a hearing via teleconference. If convicted, he faces the possibility of life in prison and a $10 million fine. In similar situations, most people facing drug crime charges seek criminal defense support from an experienced attorney soon after their arrest.

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