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Edison NJ Marijuana Charge

Edison is the largest municipality in Middlesex County so it is understandable that plenty of marijuana charges are written in the town every year. Most offenses involve Edison marijuana possession although there are also a fair share of distribution of marijuana violations. The lawyers at our criminal defense firm, Marshall Bonus Proetta & Oliver, have extensive experience defending marijuana charges of all nature arising in the Township of Edison. If you have been charged with any variety of marijuana offense in Edison, our attorneys have over a century of combined years in practice to utilize in order to secure the very best resolution of your charge. To speak to a lawyer on our team anytime 24/7, call our Woodbridge Office at 732-634-0700.

Marijuana Charges in Edison New Jersey

There are several types of marijuana charges that you can potentially face in Edison New Jersey. The offense falling under the jurisdiction of the Edison Municipal Court is possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana. Marijuana paraphernalia is also a disorderly persons offense that is handled in municipal court. The penalties for both violations include a 6-24 month driver’s license suspension, fines and assessments that can reach $1,500 and up to 6 months of incarceration in the county jail.

If you were arrested in Edison for possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana, the charge you are facing is a fourth degree crime. There is no authority for a municipal court to hear this grade of offense. The case must be referred to the Middlesex County Superior Court which is located in New Brunswick for resolution.  Fourth degree possession of marijuana triggers up to 18 months in prison, a $10,000 fine and the same period of license revocation as a disorderly persons offense for possessing marijuana.

The most serious category of marijuana offense you can be charged with in Edison is selling, distributing or possession with intent to distribute. This form of violation is always a felony and a first degree crime where it involves 25 pounds or more, a second degree crime where the weight is at least 5 pounds but less than 25 pounds, a third degree crime when the quantity is at least an ounce but less than 5 pounds and a fourth degree crime for an amount of less than 1 ounce. The table that follows provides a breakdown of the penalties that apply to each grade of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Grade of CrimeFinePeriod of Incarceration
First Degree $300,00010-20 years
Second Degree $150,0005-10 years
Third Degree $25,000Up to 5 years
Fourth Degree $10,000Up to 18 months
   

The penalties for distributing marijuana in Edison which are set forth in this table escalate when the activities occur within 1,000 feet of school property (i.e. distribution in a school zone) or within 500 feet of a public park/housing project.

Marijuana Offense Lawyers in Edison Township

When you consider that 1,029 indictable and 2,876 disorderly persons offenses were issued in Edison Township last year, it is clear that the municipality has a significant number of marijuana offense cases. The lawyers at Marshall Bonus Proetta & Oliver defend more than a few of these charges as the largest criminal firm in the region. We have handled countless Edison marijuana related cases and certainly have the skills necessary to favorable defend you. To reach an attorney on our staff anytime 24/7, call our New Brunswick Office at 732-246-7126.