Kenilworth Police have made several marijuana and drug paraphernalia arrests recently. The majority of these arrests are stemming from traffic stops such as speeding which lead the cops to search the car. Typically, if an officer smells marijuana emanating from the inside of the car after a stop, they will ask for a consent to search the vehicle or tow it back to the station until they can get a search warrant. However, it is important to note that police can still search your car even if you did not commit a motor vehicle violation. For instance, police can come up to your car and conduct an investigation even if you are just parked. This is normally done through the police officer’s community care taking privilege which allows them to investigate suspicious activity or check on people who may need help.
If you have been arrested by the Kenilworth Police Department and charged possession of marijuana under 50 grams and motor vehicle violations such as CDS in a motor vehicle then you will be required to appear in Kenilworth Municipal Court. Possession of marijuana under 50 grams is a disorderly persons offense which is punishable by up to 6 months in county jail and a license suspension. When facing penalties such as these, it is always important to consider hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your interests. At Proetta & Oliver, our attorneys have secured dismissals and downgrades for clients facing marijuana and related drug charges by challenging the State’s case and exploring suppression issues.