Cocaine Charges for New Jersey Surgeon Arrested En Route to Work

By Davis Law Firm | August 6, 2019

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Drug Bust Made in New Jersey

Early on Sunday morning, August 4th, a 36-year-old neurosurgeon from New Jersey was arrested en route to work for possession of cocaine. The traffic stop that led to the arrest was initiated because Vikas Patel had tinted windows on his vehicle. 

During the traffic stop, which occurred on Rutherford Avenue in Lyndhurst, NJ, Patel was being evasive when answering questions posed by the officer about his vehicle’s registration and where he was headed. Patel simply stated that he was hurrying to get to work. 

Patel, who lives in Parlin in Middlesex County, works as a neurosurgeon at Mountainside Medical Center. The officer who initiated the traffic stop discovered through a database check that the vehicle’s registration had expired and observed drug paraphernalia in plain view, which led to a search of the car.

During the search, the officer discovered more drug paraphernalia along with two glass vials of cocaine. Patel was taken into custody on charges of possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Patel was released on multiple summonses pending his date in court. He received summonses for having a vehicle with an expired registration, having drugs in the vehicle, and for improper use of safety glass. 

As with all criminal cases, the suspect is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

New Jersey Cocaine Laws and Penalties

Cocaine is illegal in all forms in New Jersey and across the country. It is illegal to use, possess, sell or traffick cocaine. Possession of cocaine is considered a third-degree crime and comes with a $35,000 fine.

If you are faced with a drug possession charge and it is your first offense, you will be given the option to enroll in a drug treatment program through the court. Instead of being sentenced to time in prison, you will be placed on probation, will need to make regular court appearances, and will also need to submit to regular drug tests.

Why You Should Work with an Attorney

It’s always in your best interest to work with an attorney when faced with drug possession charges in New Jersey. Never leave it up to chance that you will know the law, know how to find witnesses and know how to handle yourself in court when you choose to represent yourself. A criminal defense attorney has the skills, knowledge and tools necessary to help fight the charges levied against you. An attorney also has experience working with the local prosecutor when the time comes to talk about a plea deal. Experienced attorneys can review your case, offer you an honest evaluation, and explain what will happen if you are convicted.

Contact an Experienced Hamilton Drug Defense Attorney About Your Possession of Cocaine Drug Crime Charges in New Jersey

Have you been charged with a drug crime in New Jersey?  A drug crime conviction can carry with it heavy fines, jail time, and driver’s license suspension!  That is why it is imperative that you speak with a qualified drug defense lawyer about your case. The attorneys at The Davis Law Firm represent clients charged with use, possession, production, distribution, and related drug offenses in Hamilton, and throughout New Jersey. Call 609-587-9100 or fill out our confidential contact form to schedule a consultation about your case. We have an office located at 2653 Nottingham Way in Hamilton, NJ 08619.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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