What Makes Marijuana Crimes Distinct from Other Drug Crimes?
Marijuana possession charges involve many different factors, in particular, the weight of the marijuana found on or near your person. Many different marijuana-related crimes in New Jersey exist that are related to possession, use or distribution.
Marijuana possession charges are different from the rest, however, because the charges assessed on your criminal case will vary based on the amount in your possession. Knowing your rights and how they compare to the amount of marijuana you hold at the time you are arrested can give you more information about successfully defending your case.
Contacting a criminal defense attorney in New Jersey should be your first goal when being accused. If you have less than 50 grams of marijuana, the maximum charge is $1,000 in fines and up to 6 months in jail. If you have more than 50 grams of marijuana, however, the charge goes to a maximum of $25,000 in fines and up to a year and a half in jail.
The location of where you are arrested can also have significant consequences for your case as well. 100 community service hours and extra fines may be assessed if you are found within 1,000 feet of a school, in addition to the high charges you may already face.
In many marijuana cases, your defense may rest on whether or not the police violated your rights in collecting evidence or searching you. When these situations happen, it matters that you take action right away by hiring a criminal defense lawyer to explore any issues that could lead to a dismissal of these charges.
All of these situations should be carefully considered when pursuing a zealous and comprehensive criminal defense. You have many different things to worry about but your lawyer can help to protect you.
Having helped numerous individuals in Cape May and Atlantic City facing marijuana charges, the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty can help you with your criminal defense. Contact attorney John Tumelty at 609-390-4600 or via his online contact form to get started on your case today.
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