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Our nation’s perception of marijuana has changed drastically over the last few years, however the drug is still illegal in most states. New Jersey continues to use a heavy hand when it comes to marijuana charges and other drug charges. If you are caught in possession of marijuana, you could end up with hefty fines and jail time. The penalties can become quite severe if certain factors come into play, such as possession in a school zone, possession of over 50 grams, or repeated offenses.
Don’t make the mistake of hiring the wrong legal representation because you think your marijuana charges are no big deal. A criminal record is always a big deal. At the law offices of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC, we examine every detail of your case to identify potential weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. We move quickly with a skillful approach to every phase of the criminal justice process. Our experience as former prosecutors gives us an inside look into the way the case will be handled and we use this knowledge to get you the best possible outcome for your situation. Many times this means marijuana charges are reduced or dropped entirely. Contact us today for a consultation about your marijuana charges.
Simple possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana is considered a disorderly persons offense in the state of New Jersey. However, there is a fine line between a minor offense and an indictable crime when it comes to marijuana charges. If you are caught with 50 grams or more, the offense becomes a fourth degree crime and you can end serving 18 months in prison and paying a maximum of $25,000 in fines. That’s no slap on the wrist. Things can get even worse if the arrest occurred in a public park or school zone. Even if it was a Saturday, no school children were present and you were unaware that you were standing in a school zone, a school zone charge can apply. This can greatly increase your penalties and even send you to prison with a period of parole ineligibility for up to three years. However, this period of parole ineligibility may be waived if certain factors apply; such as no prior record or no school children present.
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If you or someone you know is facing any of these charges, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer who will work tirelessly to defend you against your marijuana drug charges. Contact Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC today. We defend clients in Essex, Bergen, Union and Middlesex counties and throughout NJ.
The lawyers at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC will work closely with you to ensure that no detail is missed, allowing us to bring critical evidence to light in your drug charge case. As criminal defense attorneys, we focus on locating evidence that will lay the groundwork for doubt and uncertainty and lead to the acquittal of our clients in Scotch Plains, Westfield, Union, Elizabeth and all over New Jersey. For example, law enforcement must follow very strict protocol when conducting any type of search for marijuana. If they violate any of these rules, the evidence obtained during their search may be thrown out. If this is not possible, there is still the ability for first time offenders to enter into a diversionary program such as Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI). This program focuses on rehabilitation rather than punishment, most importantly, keeps you out of jail and keeps your record clean.
The experienced and successful criminal defense lawyers at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC are ready to defend you against marijuana charges or any other drug charges you are facing. Contact our legal team for a free consultation about your case in Bridgewater, Somerville, Bedminster, Hillsborough, Bernards Township and throughout New Jersey. We will be with you every step of the way.