There is no doubting the fact that marijuana possession is the most common drug offense in Ocean County. It may also represent the criminal charge with the highest number of filings in municipalities such as Stafford, Ocean Township, Lakewood, Barnegat, and Brick. Despite how often possession charges are issue involving marijuana, the penalties that result in the event of a guilty finding are potentially severe. A fourth degree crime for possessing marijuana can result in 18 months in a prison and even a disorderly persons offense for possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana leaves you with a record and the possibility of being sentenced to months in the county jail. Beyond these consequences, every conviction for possession of marijuana results in a mandatory driver’s license suspension of at least six (6) months and as much as two years. Our attorneys, including former prosecutors in Ocean County, can assist you in avoiding penalties like these and are available for free consultations 24/7. To speak to lawyer about your marijuana possession charge, contact our Toms River office at (732) 286-6500 for immediate assistance.Arrested for Possessing Marijuana for Violating N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10
There are two varieties of marijuana possession that an individual may face under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10. The first form is a fourth degree crime that results where an individual is convicted of possessing more than 50 grams of marijuana. The penalties that apply here include, as previously stated, up to 18 months in jail and fines that can reach $25,000. If the quantity possessed does not exceed this threshold, possession is a disorderly persons offense. The fine for this grade of possession of marijuana is capped at $1,000 although a jail sentence may be imposed. Anyone convicted of possession under 2C:35-10 also faces a 6 month revocation of their privilege to drive. The suspension period escalates to 2 years upon conviction for possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. Special enhancements apply when someone possesses marijuana in a school zone. “School zone” is defined as any location within 1,000 feet of school property. Possession of marijuana in a school zone results in an additional penalty of not less than 100 hours of community service unless a jail sentence is imposed.Point Pleasant Borough Marijuana Possession Attorneys
The more “year round community” of the two bearing the name Point Pleasant, this municipality is no foreigner to marijuana charges. The police in this community and others like it, including Seaside Heights, Manchester, Long Beach, and Beachwood, are very aggressive when it comes to targeting those they suspect to be in possession of marijuana, especially teenagers and young adults. If you were arrested for allegedly violating 2C:35-10, our lawyers can insure that your rights are fully protected and that you have every opportunity to avert the penalties associated with this offense. Call our Toms River Office at (732) 286-6500 for immediate assistance from a lawyer. Initial consultations with our attorneys are free of charge.
If you have been charged with marijuana possession in Jackson, Manchester, Toms River, Brick, Lacey, Lakewood, Seaside Heights, Stafford, Berkeley, Ocean Township, Lakehurst, Point Pleasant Borough, Barnegat or another Ocean County municipality, contact a marijuana possession lawyer at Marshall Bonus Proetta & Oliver.Related Marijuana Possession Pages & Posts Manchester NJ Marijuana Possession Defense AttorneyToms River Marijuana Possession Attorneys
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