Marijuana Lawyer in Cranford, New Jersey
The vast majority of the marijuana crimes in New Jersey involve a small amount weed, usually 3 grams or less. Our office handles a large number of cases involving motor vehicle stops where the marijuana is found stashed in the car – in these cases it is typical to see companion charges such as Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle and Drug Paraphernalia. A conviction for simple possession of marijuana will result in a permanent criminal record and potential probation and up to 6 months in county jail. At the Proetta & Oliver we defend clients against marijuana charges throughout New Jersey including Cranford, Clark, Linden, Roselle, Rahway, Elizabeth, and Westfield. As founding attorney, Will Proetta, Esq., has handled thousands of criminal and municipal charges including numerous cases involving possession of marijuana. If you would like a to speak with an experienced marijuana defense lawyer then contact our Cranford Office at (908) 838-0150 for a free consultation.
N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(4) Possession of Marijuana under 50 Grams
Marijuana is the most common drug in New Jersey and therefore the scope of law it falls under is very broad. Marijuana charges vary in severity from the amount in possession, your intent to distribute, and whether not you are in a school zone or public park. The New Jersey statute for simple possession of marijuana is provided in pertinent part below for your convenience:
§ 2C:35-10. Possession, use or being under the influence, or failure to make lawful disposition
(4) Possession of fifty (50) grams of less of marijuana, including any adulterants or dilutants, is a disorderly persons offense.
Simply put, a marijuana charge of less than 50 grams is a disorderly persons offense – which is equivalent to a misdemeanor. As mentioned above disorderly persons offenses carry up to 6 months in jail but additional penalties apply because it is a drug related offense. For example, if convicted, you would face a two year of loss of driver’s license and thousands in fines and mandatory assessments to the state. You will face additional penalties if you are charged with ancillary offenses such as:
- Distribution of Marijuana
- Marijuana Distribution within a School Zone
- Intent to Distribute Marijuana within 500 feet of Public Park
- Growing Marijuana
- Drug Paraphernalia
- CDS in a Motor Vehicle
Clark NJ Marijuana Possession Attorney
When it comes to simple possession of marijuana the law does not differentiate the difference between a roach and an ounce of marijuana. Possession of marijuana, just like all drugs charges can be very complicated because of suppression issues including probable cause of the stop, search and seizure violations, incriminating statements, and analytical testing of any substance confiscated. Our firm has plenty of experience in addressing these very issues by successfully arguing and suppressing illegally obtained evidence. If you would like to speak with an experienced marijuana defense attorney contact our office today at (908) 838-0150 for a free consultation.