Red Bank Juvenile Arrested on Marijuana Charges
A 17 year old juvenile Red Bank resident was arrested for possession of marijuana under 50 grams, drug paraphernalia and fireworks. The young man was let go and given a pending court date. Because the suspect is under the age of 18 the penalties will be different than that of an adult. The 17 year old could be facing penalties of up to 6 months of jail time as well as a $1,000 fine under N.J.S.A 2C:35-10(a)(4). Despite the fact that applicable laws under N.J.S.A. 2A 4A-20 through N.J.S.A. 2A 4A-92 call for lesser penalties to be imposed upon juveniles for other criminal offenses, this does not protect them from the same jail time that an adult would face for possession of marijuana with is a disorderly persons offense. According to the Juvenile Code of Justice, however, there will not be a criminal record for the minor suspect should he or she be convicted for this offense. Instead, if found guilty, the suspect will be adjudicated delinquent and the records will then be sealed.
According to N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2, being found in possession of drug paraphernalia is it’s own disorderly persons offense and also comes with separate penalties for the youth. The suspect could be facing penalties of up to 6 months of jail time and the $1,000 fine and if he or she has a driver’s license it can be suspended anywhere from 6 months to 2 years.
In the state of New Jersey it is illegal to possess fireworks. The penalties are greater for a person intending on selling the fireworks and it is considered a fourth degree crime. Because the young man was found to be in possession of fireworks but was not alleged to be selling them, he can be found guilty of a petty disorderly persons offense. The penalty for a petty disorderly conduct conviction is up to 30 days in jail. In the case of a fourth degree crime, which this suspect will be able to avoid since there is no accusation of any intent to sell the fireworks here, the jail time could potentially reach up to 18 months.