Middletown Teenager Faces Criminal Charges for Marijuana Possession
A 19-year-old resident of Middletown, was taken into custody by Middletown police on charges of possessing less than 50 grams of marijuana. Reports do not confirm what events may have lead to this arrest or given rise to law enforcement’s suspicions that the teen was in possession of a controlled substance. As a result of these charges, the suspect could now be facing serious and life-altering potential criminal penalties, and will need to retain a Monmouth County Juvenile Defense Lawyer to carefully craft her legal defense in order to minimize the impact of these criminal charges on her life and future.
With a relatively arbitrary dividing line drawn by New Jersey law at the 50 gram mark, two sections of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10 delineate separate offenses and penalties for the crime of possessing marijuana, depending on whether an alleged offender is accused of possessing more or less than this amount. Under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(4), her alleged offense will be treated as the lesser of these two possession of marijuana charges, since reports indicate that less than 50 grams of the substance was alleged to have been found in her possession. Therefore, the penalties that hang in the balance for her will be those of a disorderly persons offense, also known as a misdemeanor, and fortunately for her, felony or indictable offense penalties under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(3) will not be at issue in her case. Unfortunately, however, since the possession of even a small amount of marijuana is still classified by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-2 to be a controlled dangerous substance, or “CDS”,crime, significant penalties will still hang in the balance for her should she ultimately be convicted of the offense. Because of the classification of marijuana possession in amounts less than 50 grams as a disorderly persons offense, her could be sentenced to pay fines of up to $1,000, and even to spend time behind bars for up to 6 months.