Hightstown Marijuana Possession Attorney
The CDS charge that arises most often in Hightstown is marijuana possession, specifically 50 grams or less of the drug. While there is a tendency to view marijuana lightly, do not make this mistake if you are facing a possession offense. A conviction for possessing marijuana in Hightstown Municipal Court or Mercer County Superior Court carries a spectrum of consequences that can seriously effect your life, including a criminal record, license suspension and even incarceration. An attorney at our firm can help you avert these ramifications utilizing over a century of combined experience that includes serving as prosecutors and defending countless charges arising in the Borough of Highstown. Contact our office at 609–683–8102 for a free consultation with a lawyer on our staff. Attorneys are available around the clock to assist you so do not hesitate to call us anytime.Marijuana Possession Charge in Highstown New Jersey
All personal possession of marijuana charges filed in Highstown New Jersey arising out of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10. Subsection a(3) is directed at situations where someone is arrested for possessing more than 50 grams and subsection a(4) concerns 50 grams or less of marijuana. Either variety of 2C:35-10 can result if you actually or constructively possess this form of CDS. You have actual possession in violation of this law when the drug is in your direct custody and control such as in your pants, a pocket book, backpack or jacket. Constructive possession applies when someone lacks direct control of the marijuana but is aware of its existence and possesses both the ability and intention to exercise control over it in the future. This type of possession arises most often in the context of marijuana hidden in the trunk or other area of a car or concealed in an apartment or house.
Penalties for Possessing Marijuana. If you are convicted of possession of marijuana, the penalties that apply hinge on the quantity possessed when you were arrested. Possession of more than 50 grams is an indictable crime of the fourth degree that results in up to 18 months in state prison and a fine of up to $25,000. Possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana is a disorderly persons offense that carries up to 6 months in the Mercer County Jail and a $1,000 fine. A conviction for either form of marijuana possession also triggers a mandatory driver’s license suspension ranging from 6 months to two years. These penalties apply in addition to those that may be imposed for a traffic violation for possession of cds in a motor vehicle in Hightstown.
Jurisdiction To Decide Your Marijuana Case. A disorderly persons offense for possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana falls within the jurisdiction of the Hightstown Municipal Court but a fourth degree case must be directed to the Mercer County Courthouse in Trenton for resolution. The same is true if you are facing a marijuana distribution charge.
Diversion Programs. An individual can avoid prosecution for 50 grams or less of marijuana by gaining admission and completing the Conditional Discharge program. A similar form of relief, Pretrial Intervention, applies at the Superior Court for relief from a fourth degree charge for possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana.
Potential Defenses. Building a defense is vital to avoiding the penalties for possession of marijuana in violation of 2C:35-10. An attorney on our defense team can develop an effective plan for the defense of your case for:
- Invalid Motor Vehicle Stop
- Unlawful Entry Without A Warrant
- Search Unsupported By Law
- Actual Innocence
- Knowledge Of Drugs Lacking
Now is the time to do the leg work so your future is protected. Hiring a skilled defense lawyer should certainly be the primary focus of your efforts in this regard. We believe that the lawyers at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall present an excellent option for success in defending your Hightstown possession of marijuana offense. If you would like to take advantage of a free consultation with an attorney on our team, call 609–683–8102.