Drug Possession Lawyer Asbury Park NJ

Have You Been Arrested For Possession of Marijuana, or Possession of Prescription Drugs in Asbury Park?

Drug charges are very serious and can result in a lengthy State Prison Sentence. If you plead guilty or are found guilty of a drug charge, you could suffer expensive fines, probation, a loss of your driver’s license, County Jail and/or State Prison. If you have been arrested and received a summons or complaint for a drug charge in Asbury Park Township, New Jersey, or any other municipality in New Jersey, it is essential that you hire a well-versed and experienced Asbury Park Township, New Jersey criminal defense attorney.  My law firm is conveniently located just a few miles from the Asbury Park Municipal Court, and I have appeared on cases of this nature in the Asbury Park Municipal Court. I have also handled cases that arose in the Asbury Park Court and were transferred to the Monmouth County Superior Court. Asbury Park Police, Monmouth County Sheriffs’ Officers and New Jersey State Police have the authority to charge anyone for possession of any illegal drug or substance.

Possession of Marijuana Charges or Paraphernalia Charges.

The Asbury Park Township Municipal Court has the authority to handle possession of marijuana cases involving less than 50 grams of marijuana and/or paraphernalia charges.  Sometimes more serious drug charges can be downgraded and remanded to the Asbury Park Township Municipal Court if the Prosecutor’s Office sees fit.

These types of possession of marijuana or paraphernalia charges result from traffic stops, searches of your person or property incident to arrest, house parties, etc.  Paraphernalia are typically described as rolling papers, bongs, pipes, grinders, bats, etc. The penalties for disorderly person marijuana possession or paraphernalia can be significant, including fines and surcharges in excess of $1000.00, loss of driving privileges, a record and, in some cases, six months jail. They can also lead to deportation if you are illegal or forfeiture of your public job if you work in government Typically, first time offenders may be eligible for a diversionary program, such as a conditional discharge if you are in municipal court or pretrial intervention (PTI in Superior Court) if you have in excess of 50 grams of marijuana and/or are intending to distribute same.

If you have been arrested and charged with possession of marijuana in Asbury Park Township, or else where in New Jersey, it is imperative that you have an experienced Asbury Park drug possession lawyer.  These cases have a variety of defenses that only an attorney will be familiar with. For instance, you may have an illegal search issue, tainted laboratory test results, proof that you didn’t actually, jointly or constructively possess the drugs. As an Asbury Park marijuana possession attorney I can review all of the evidence presented against you and recommend options for your defense.

Possession of Oxycodone, Percocets and other Prescription Drugs

Charges may also be brought in Asbury Park for unlawful possession of prescription drugs, forging a prescription blank, theft of prescription pad and obtaining CDS by fraud.  These types of charges involving pain killers and/or narcotics have been growing exponentially since the 1990’s.  Persons can even be charged for driving under the influence and/or a Asbury Park DWI if they are operating a vehicle while under the influence of prescription drugs. If you have been found in possession of prescription medication (without a valid prescription), have forged a prescription slip or attempted to obtain CDS by fraud you can be charged with a 3rd degree felony charge.

The consequences associated with these offenses depend on the weight of the drugs possessed. At any rate, if you are convicted of a fourth, third or second degree charge, arising out of Asbury Park you are looking at a potential State Prison Sentence.

It is also unlawful for a person to intend to distribute or distribute prescription drugs in Asbury Park without a license to do so.  If you are caught having done so, and it was within a 1000’ feet of a school zone or 500’ of a public park or public housing project, you could be  looking at mandatory prison time.  There are many options and defenses to handling these charges which may allow you to avoid prison time.

I have personally handled many drug cases in Asbury Park and throughout New Jersey. I will protect your rights and aggressively pursue all available legal defenses.  The right Asbury Park drug possession lawyer can make all the difference.  Contact our offices for a free consultation.  You can reach us at (732) 431-2224 or e-mail Thomas H. Martin, Esq. or directly at tmartin@jerseycriminal.com.  You may also visit our website at www. jerseycriminallawyer.com. Thank you.

 

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