Hightstown Drug Possession Attorney
Hiring the right lawyer to defend your Highstown drug possession offense is an extremely important decision. Possessing just about any controlled dangerous substance (“CDS”) with the exception of 50 grams or less of marijuana results in a felony criminal charge with the possibility of a state prison sentence. This is certainly true for cds/drugs like cocaine, MDMA, methamphetamine, LSD and heroin. If you were arrested for possession in Hightstown New Jersey, you are facing serious consequences that require the assistance of an attorney who is skilled in criminal defense. The team of attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall has over 100 years of collective experience with countless cases successfully handled in Hightstown Municipal Court and the Mercer County Superior Court in Trenton. You are invites to contact our office at 609–683–8102 to learn in more detail what our firm can provide in terms of representation.Possession of CDS in Highstown New Jersey
Although Hightstown has a relatively limited number of residents at approximately 5,494, the township has hundreds of individuals arrested for possession of CDS every year. Most of these charges stem from N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10 which makes drug possession a disorderly person offense, fourth degree crime or third degree crime depending on the type and quantity of CDS possessed. The heaings that follows outlines the grading and penalties for possession of CDS under 2C:35-10.
- Possession of Cocaine, MDMA, Heroin & Other Schedule I, II, III or IV CDS. 2C:35-10a(1) makes possession of drugs falling within Schedule I, II, III or IV a third degree crime that results in up to 5 years in prison and a fine that can reach $35,000.
- Possession of Schedule V CDS. It is a fourth degree crime under 2C:35-10a(2) to possess drugs contained on Schedule V. A conviction for violating this provision results in up to 18 months in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
- Possession of More than 50 Grams of Marijuana. It is a fourth degree crime to possess more than 50 grams of marijuana contrary to 2C:35-10a(3). A violation results in a fine of up to $35,000 and up to 18 months in prison.
- Possession of 50 Grams or Less of Marijuana. N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(4) is probably the form of drug possession that arises most often in Hightstown. A conviction for this charge is a disorderly persons offense that triggers a fine of up to $1,000 and up to six months in the Mercer County Jail.
Mandatory Driver’s License Suspension. There is a six month to two year driver’s license suspension that must be imposed if you are convicted of any variety of cds/drug possession.
Jurisdiction. Your case will be heard in Trenton at the county courthouse if it involves drug possession falling within the grade of a third degree crime or fourth degree crime. A disorderly persons offense for possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana in Hightstown is heard in municipal court.
Diversion Programs. First time offenders can avoid prosecution for drug possession if they are able to comply with the stiff guidelines for admission and completion of Conditional Discharge or Pretrial Intervention.Hightstown NJ CDS Possession Defense Lawyer
All Hightstown drug possession offenses have the potential to create significant issues in your life. There is always a resulting criminal record that can effect you in many ways and the penalties imposed by law are further complicating. The lawyers that are employed at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall can assist you in escaping these ramifications. Our team of highly accomplished criminal attorneys have defended many individuals in the same shoes with success and are prepared to accomplish the same for you. Call our office at 609–683–8102 to speak to a defense lawyer with the know how you need. An attorney is ready to assist you immediately in a free consultation.