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Highland Park NJ Marijuana Possession Attorney
Have you or someone you know been charged with marijuana possession in Highland Park, New Jersey? An attorney who is a former prosecutor and skilled in defending marijuana possession charges is ready to ready to provide a free, no-obligation consultation at 732-634-0700.
Despite the fact that medical use of marijuana (with a physician’s recommendation) is legal in New Jersey, this drug continues to be illegal with harsh penalties for those arrested and convicted for a disorderly persons offense for possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana or a fourth degree crime for possessing over 50 grams of marijuana in Middlesex County, including the Borough of Highland Park.
The lawyers at the Marshall Law Firm have extensive experience defending marijuana charges and even employs the former director of the Gangs, Guns and Drugs Task Force of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. Our team of seasoned criminal attorneys possesses over a century of first-hand knowledge of how local prosecutors and law enforcement officers operate when making a case against you. We are ready to closely evaluating the evidence and formulate the most viable strategy for you to avert a conviction.
If your are facing a possession of marijuana charge in Highland Park NJ, call our New Brunswick Office for the assistance from a skilled lawyer you deserve.
Marijuana Possession Offense in Highland Park New Jersey
Under New Jersey statute N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10, the possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana is a disorderly persons offense that carries a sentence of up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
A disorderly persons offense for marijuana possession will be tried before a judge of the Highland Park Municipal Court, which is located at 221 S. Fifth Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904, and can be reached by telephone at (732) 777-6010.
Possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana is a fourth degree crime that is handled at the Middlesex County Superior Court in New Brunswick. If you are convicted of fourth degree possession of marijuana, you face up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
In addition, if the offense involves selling, distributing or possession with intent to distribution marijuana, the potential penalties escalate rapidly. For more information on this subject, refer to marijuana distribution charges.
Finally, you should know that every drug offense in New Jersey carries with it a mandatory driver’s license suspension of 6 months to 2 years and that his applies even if you were not operating or in a motor vehicle at the time of the violation.
Defending a Highland Park NJ Marijuana Possession Charge
Many people charged with marijuana possession don’t realize how expensive and time consuming it will be to complete all the terms imposed by a conviction.
Even for a first offense for marijuana possession, prosecutors can ask for months of probation, supervision in a diversionary program, a series of random drug screenings, drug classes, community service, and court costs and fines.
And in those cases where the conditions are not met within the allotted time, a violation of probation may result in an arrest warrant being issued, possibly without bond being set.
But, even when you are caught with marijuana in your possession, our expert marijuana possession defense attorneys can challenge law enforcement’s probable cause and search and seizure of your property.
In these cases, we may motion to suppress or dismiss evidence obtained through a search or from unreliable confidential informants. These strategies can be particularly effective in marijuana cases.
Highland Park Marijuana Possession Defense Lawyer
If you have been arrested for possessions of marijuana in Highland Park, contact an experienced marijuana defense lawyer immediately to find out what your rights are and how you can defend the charge. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall offers free and confidential consultations to help you make important decisions about your future and how to handle the marijuana charge against you. To speak to an attorney on our staff immediately, contact our office anytime 24/7. One of our lawyers welcomes the opportunity to assist you.