Drug Charges in Parsippany NJ?
The Parsippany Troy Hills Municipal Court presides over a tremendous amount of drug related cases every year. One of the most common charges litigated in the Parsippany Municipal Court is possession of marijuana under 50 grams. The governing statute in New Jersey for this offense is N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(4). If convicted of this offense, a Defendant is facing the following penalties:
- Up to 6 months in the Morris County Jail;
- Fine up to $1,000;
- Fees & Assessments up to $800;
- Community Service;
- Random Drug Testing;
- Up to a 2 year loss of your Driving Privileges;
- Criminal Record.
So as you can tell, although most people feel that possessing marijuana is a relatively minor offense, the above referenced penalties indicate otherwise. With that being said, an experienced Morris County drug possession defense lawyer can make a tremendous difference. An experienced criminal defense attorney can attack the underline search and seek to have the charges dismissed based on an illegal search or seizure. In addition, if all discovery has been provided and there does not appear to be any search issues, then defense counsel can seek to make application into the conditional discharge program for you. If applicable and if completed without issue, the pending criminal charges will be outright dismissed. If you or a loved one has been charged with possessing marijuana in Parsippany, The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall can help. Our office has over 200 years of combined experience on staff, including years of prior prosecuting experience. We have the experience and skill set needed to protect your freedom. To schedule a free consultation today, please contact our office directly at 973-309-7050.
Drug Possession Defense Lawyer in Parsippany NJ
Furthermore, although technically speaking, marijuana possession charges are the only drug specific offenses that can be handled in Municipal Court in New Jersey, often times an experienced defense attorney may be able to convince the prosecution to remand the felony drug charges back to municipal court. For example, if that was to occur, the otherwise felony drug charges, lets say heroin or cocaine possession, would be downgrade to either a wandering for the purposes to obtain CDS or failure to turn over CDS. Those two aforementioned charges are misdemeanor offenses as opposed to felonies.