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New Providence NJ Marijuana Possession Lawyer

Charged With Marijuana Possession in New Providence New Jersey

Possession of marijuana is legal in some states but not in New Jersey at present. If you possession marijuana or distribute this form of controlled dangerous substance in New Providence New Jersey or elsewhere in Union County, you will be arrested and charged with a criminal offense. A conviction for possession or, even worse, distribution of marijuana, will result in numerous penalties that can dramatically impact your life.  Avoiding these pitfalls begins with selecting a qualified criminal defense lawyer.

At the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, every attorney on staff has the experience and qualifications to ensure that you can move past your New Providence marijuana charge with minimal consequences. For decades, our lawyers have provided legal representation in New Providence Municipal Court, as well as the Union County Superior Court, for clients charged with possession and distribution of marijuana. To speak to one of our attorneys immediately in a free consultation, contact our Union Office at 908-272-1700.

Penalties for Marijuana Possession in New Providence NJ

Possession, use, and being under the influence of marijuana are all crimes in New Providence New Jersey that can get you arrested for violating N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10. Different factors determine the level of seriousness of a marijuana possession offense. For instance, if you possess 50 grams or less, it is a disorderly persons offense (a misdemeanor) that will be dealt with in the New Providence Municipal Court. The potential consequences are not as serious as those for possessing a greater amount than 50 grams (a felony), but you still face the possibility of such serious consequences as:

• Driver’s license suspension of 6 to 24 months
• A criminal conviction, which is required to be added to all future job applications
• Access to travel to certain countries outside the U.S. could be difficult or impossible
• Up to 6 months in prison
• A fine of up to $1,000
• More stringent drug testing requirements

The following are among the consequences of a conviction on charges of marijuana possession of over 50 grams of the substance, a fourth degree felony:

• Mandatory driver’s license suspension
• Up to 18 months in prison
• A felony conviction that must be included on all future applications for employment and more
• A fine of up to $25,000
• Probation

If an individual was on or within 1,000 feet of school property at the time of an alleged marijuana possession offense, an additional penalty on conviction may include 100 hours of community service, whether it is a misdemeanor or felony offense.

If you have been arrested for marijuana possession in New Providence NJ and it is your first drug charge, you could be eligible for a diversion program that prevents your having a conviction on marijuana possession. There are two such programs. One is the Pretrial Intervention program and one is the Conditional Discharge program. In either program, you can be placed on a year of probation. After successfully completing probation, your marijuana possession offense will be dismissed, allowing you to avoid having a criminal record and facing associated penalties of a conviction. At the Marshall Firm, our attorneys will pursue the diversion program diligently, to help you avoid harsh penalties and a conviction on a marijuana possession charge.

New Providence NJ Marijuana Possession Defense Attorney

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have extensive knowledge of the Union County court system and have appeared in New Providence Municipal Court on countless occasions. The members of our team also have the benefit of having defended thousands of marijuana possession charges over the last several decades. We invite you to contact a defense attorney on our staff for a free consultation. Lawyers are available in our Union NJ Law Office 24/7 to assist you. Call 908-272-1700 to speak to a skilled lawyer immediately.