Possession of Marijuana Offense in Asbury Park New Jersey
Asbury Park is a Monmouth County municipality with an entertainment industry that is booming and plenty of marijuana use and possession that has come with it. Whether its someone trying to get a quick smoke at the Stony Pony, in their car, on the beach, or some other scenario, you can caught on a summonses or ticket if you are caught. The Asbury Park Police are supposed to enforce the law and the truth is that marijuana possession is illegal. The same is true when it comes to using or being under the influence of marijuana. A conviction results in serious penalties that include a 6-24 month driver’s license suspension, a record and other consequences. You would be foolish to appear on this Asbury Park Municipal Court charge without a skilled marijuana lawyer given these stakes, as well as the fact that you will have a record if you are convicted.
The lawyers at our Monmouth County Criminal firm are seasoned advocates who have successfully handled hundreds of Asbury Park charges in the past. In fact, we make up the largest defense team in the entire region with several former prosecutors on staff. Our attorneys certainly know what it takes to effectively defend a marijuana possession case in Asbury Park. To speak to a lawyer at the firm anytime 24/7 in a free initial consultation, call our Wall Township Office at 732-449-2292.
Asbury Park Marijuana Possession Charge
An Asbury Park marijuana possession charge typically comes in the form of a disorderly persons offense that is heard in municipal court. This violation is triggered when someone possesses 50 grams or less of marijuana. The less common variety of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10 case is fourth degree marijuana possession. This results where the quantity possessed is greater than 50 grams. An indictable crime such as this can only be adjudicated at the Monmouth County Superior Court.
You can violate 2C:35-10(a)(4) or (a)(3) if you constructively or actually possessed marijuana. Actual possess applies where the drug was on your person, in your pocket, or otherwise in your physical control. Constructive possession applies where, although not in actual possession, you are aware of the existence of the marijuana and possess an ability and intent to take control of it in the future.
The penalties for marijuana possession are different depending on the grade of offense you are facing. A disorderly persons marijuana possession carries a fine of up to $1,000 and up to six months in the county jail. Fourth degree marijuana possession results in a maximum fine of $10,000 and 18 months in state prison. The courts can also order a period of probation, community service and/or drug testing. All forms of possession, use of being under the influence of marijuana also result in a mandatory driver’s license suspension of 6-24 months. Our attorneys can help you secure a dismissal, downgrade or admission into Conditional Discharge, all of which can negate many of these consequences.
Possession of Marijuana Attorney in Asbury Park NJ
Possession of marijuana can complicate your life if you are found guilty under 2C:35-10. You will have a criminal record and be exposed to many potential penalties. This is a major consideration for you calling our firm to speak to a knowledgeable attorney. Here at Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver, our staff has a high success rate in avoiding guilty findings in Asbury Park marijuana and other cases. Call us at 732-449-2292 for an immediate free consultation.