Wall NJ Marijuana Possession Attorney
Possession of marijuana is one of the most frequently charged crimes in Wall Township and elsewhere in Monmouth County. Whether it is the result of a motor vehicle stop, smoking in public or any other scenario, the consequences of marijuana possession can be significant. You face a mandatory driver’s license suspension, fines and assessments and even the possibility of jail. Obtaining legal representation from an attorney experienced in defending marijuana charges many spell the difference between penalties like these or moving on with your life with minimum impact. The lawyers at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall are, in fact, able to avoid a conviction in more marijuana cases than not in Wall Municipal Court. If you would like to speak with one of the attorneys on our team, including one of our former prosecutors, contact our Wall Office for a free consultation at 732-449-2292.
Disorderly Persons Offense: Possession of Less Than 50 Grams of Marijuana
It is not uncommon to drive down Route 35 or another roadway in Wall Township and see a police officer conducting a motor vehicle search as the teenager or young adult driver fearfully watches. What may have begun as a routinely traffic stop for an illegal turn, speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt or an expired inspection sticker, has now mushroomed into charges for marijuana possession. Whether it was really an odor/smell of marijuana, or just unfair overreaching of the police officer, you are now going to be exposed to a license revocation/suspension of at least six months, a fine of up to $1,000, and even the threat of six months in jail. In addition, you will probably have to answer for a separate traffic violation for possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle pursuant to N.J.S.A. 39:4-49.1. While this is only a traffic offense, it actually carries a mandatory two (2) year license suspension. The savvy Wall criminal attorneys at our firm can help you escape ramifications like these.
Fourth Degree Possession of Marijuana Charge
When the quantity of marijuana a person possesses exceeds 50 grams, a conviction under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10 is a fourth degree crime. This variety of marijuana possession is a felony and can result in a fine of up to $10,000 and 18 months in prison. The record of this conviction will also remain for a period of at least five years and as much as as 10 years before it can be expunged. This means that every prospective employer or other individual interested in checking your background (e.g. bank) will see that you have a felony on your record for possession of CDS. Our attorneys can assist you in preventing this type of outcome.
Wall Township Marijuana Lawyer
Whether you are facing charges for possession of marijuana, CDS in a motor vehicle, failure to make lawful disposition of a CDS, or possession of drug paraphernalia, obtaining legal counsel is often in your best interests. Without a competent understanding of New Jersey’s “search and seizure” laws and court procedure, it is difficult for a lay person to effectively defend a marijuana charge. It is therefore in your best interests to contact our firm if you have been charged with possession. Our firm routinely appears at both the Wall Municipal Court and Monmouth Superior Court on drug charges and is equipped to successfully deal with your case. Call us 24/7 for a free consultation.