Representing Clients Charged With Possession of Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin, LSD, Ecstasy and Prescription Drugs Like Xanax, Suboxone, Oxycodone, Valium, Hydrocodone and Percocet
Former Prosecutors That Are Ready To Defend Your CDS Possession Offense
There are certain classes of criminal offense that arise more frequently than others in Monmouth County and drug possession certain falls within this description. Whether the charge concerns heroin, marijuana, lsd, cocaine, ecstasy, xanax, oxycodone or another form of controlled dangerous substance (“CDS”), this category of disorderly persons and indictable crime (e.g. third degree or fourth degree crime) is probably filed more than any other. If you were arrested for possessing drugs in Freehold, Wall, Howell, Middletown, Holmdel or anywhere else in Monmouth County, our attorneys have the skill that is necessary to help you protect your future. We are the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, a powerhouse criminal defense team of eight lawyers that have over a century of experience representing clients charged with possession of drugs/CDS. An attorney that knows the court system, the personnel that you are up against and how to effectively defend a CDS possession offense is available 24/7 for a free consultation. Contact our office at 732-450-8300 to speak to a lawyer immediately.
Drug Possession Charge in Monmouth County
As members of the largest criminal firm in Monmouth County, our attorneys have certainly represented countless clients charged or indicted on allegations for possession of cocaine, lsd, molly, marijuana and other drugs. Most of these charges arise out of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10, the New Jersey Drug Possession Law. This statute makes it illegal to knowingly possess, either actually or constructively, a controlled dangerous substance without a valid prescription. A person actually possesses marijuana or another drug when it is in their direct control. Constructively possession applies where someone does not physically possess CDS but is aware of the presence of the substance and has both the ability and intention to exercise control in the future. An attorney on our staff is highly experienced in defending either form of possession anywhere in Monmouth County, including in the following jurisdictions:
- Asbury Park Drug Possession
- Howell Drug Possession
- Middletown Drug Possession
- Holmdel Drug Possession
- Wall Drug Possession
- Sea Bright Drug Possession
- Freehold NJ Drug Possession
- Belmar Drug Possession
- Manasquan Drug Possession
- Long Branch Drug Possession
- Tinton Falls Drug Possession
- Eatontown Drug Possession
- Ocean Township Drug Possession
- West Long Branch Drug Possession
It is a third degree crime where possession involves a Schedule I, II, III or IV CDS (e.g. cocaine, lsd, mdma, methamphetamine, etc.), other than marijuana and hash. It is a fourth degree crime when the substances is more than 50 grams of marijuana or 5 grams of hashish, or a Schedule V CDS. Charges falling within either of these grades may only be adjudicated at the Monmouth County Superior Court. It is a disorderly persons offense under 2C:35-10a(4) if someone is convicted for possessing 50 grams or less of marijuana or less than 5 grams of hash. A misdemeanor drug offense falling within this grade is heard in municipal court.
Third degree possession of CDS carries a fine of up to $35,000 and up to 5 years in prison. The maximum penalties for fourth degree possession include up to 18 months of incarceration and a fine that can reach $15,000 ($25,000 for marijuana or hashish). A disorderly persons offense for drug possession results in up to 6 months in the county jail and a fine of up to $1,000. There is a license suspension of 6-24 months that also applies whenever someone is convicted of drug possession under 2C:35-10. Please note that an entirely different law and penalties apply where a case involves distribution of CDS in Monmouth County.
CDS Possession Offense in Monmouth County
An offense for CDS is nothing to take lightly. A conviction has significant ramifications, including a resulting criminal record that employers and other interested will see for many years. This is one of the primary reasons why it is in your best interests to take the time to speak to an attorney at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall. Our lawyers will gladly provide a free consultation so that you know your options long before there is any chance of your future being compromised. To take advantage of this service, call 732-450-8300 and one of our defense attorneys will give you the time needed to fully explore your possession case. An attorney is standing by to assist you.
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