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Where You are Most Likely to be Arrested for Marijuana in Burlington County

Bordentown NJ Marijuana LawyerThe American Civil Liberties Union in New Jersey recently published a report that investigated racial disparities in marijuana arrests across the state. The research report, entitled “Unequal & Unfair: NJ’s War on Marijuana Users,” also analyzes the number of arrests for possession of marijuana in each town in New Jersey in 2013. The results of the investigation show that law enforcement officials in New Jersey are arresting more people than ever for marijuana possession, racking up a total of 24,067 marijuana possession arrests in 2013 and 280,000 arrests for marijuana possession in the 3-year period between 2010 and 2013.

Towns with the Most Marijuana Arrests in Burlington County

According to the data, there were specific towns with the highest number of marijuana arrests per 100,000 people. Among the top 50 were several towns in Burlington County, including Bordentown, Burlington Township, Mount Holly, Burlington, and Riverside Township. In this article, we will take a closer look at the marijuana possession arrest rates in Burlington County, and discuss the potential consequences of being convicted on marijuana charges if you are arrested for possession of marijuana in New Jersey.

The ACLU report ranks Bordentown, Mount Holly, and Burlington Township as the highest for marijuana possession arrests in Burlington County. Bordentown ranks the highest with with over 977 arrests, followed by Mount Holly with approximately 712 arrests, Burlington Township with 660 arrests, Burlington with 552 arrests, and Riverside Township with just over 547. So, what happens if you are found guilty of possessing marijuana in Burlington County? Well, that depends of several factors, including the amount of marijuana found in your possession and whether or not the State believes that you had intent to distribute marijuana.

New Jersey Marijuana Law

Under New Jersey Marijuana Law, the lowest-level marijuana offense is possession of marijuana under 50 grams (N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(4)). This is classified as a disorderly persons offense and is the charge issued in the vast majority of marijuana cases. If you are arrested for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana in Bordentown, for instance, your case will be heard at the Bordentown Township Municipal Court. If you are convicted on these charges, you may face up to 6 months in the county jail, a fine of up to $1,000, a 6-month driver’s license suspension, and a charge on your criminal record that can only be removed through the process of expungement.

On the other hand, if you are accused of possessing more than 50 grams of marijuana, this is a fourth degree crime, which is handled at the Burlington County Superior Court because it is considered an indictable offense, also known as a felony. A violation N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(3) may result in penalties including an NJ State Prison sentence of up to 18 months, a fine of up to $25,000, a 6-month suspension of driving privileges, and a felony conviction on your record that prevents you from doing things like owning a weapon for the rest of your life.

Lastly, being charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute brings even more severe repercussions if you are found guilty. The specific degree of these charges is determined by the amount, specifically, the measured weight, of the marijuana involved in the alleged offense. Depending on the circumstances of your specific case, you may face between 18 months and 20 years in NJ State Prison, as well as the collateral consequences of a felony conviction.

Consult with a Burlington NJ Marijuana Defense Lawyer

Regardless of whether you have been arrested for possession of marijuana under 50 grams or possession with intent to distribute in Burlington County, it is highly advisable to enlist a defense attorney who has extensive experience handling marijuana cases in Burlington County courts. Leonard Biddison is a seasoned criminal defense lawyer who regularly defends clients against marijuana charges in Mount Holly, Bordentown, Riverside Township, and throughout Burlington County and surrounding communities. For a free consultation with Mr. Biddison about your marijuana case, contact his offices anytime at 856.427.6888.

For additional information regarding the aforementioned report, access the following resource: N.J. Towns With Most Marijuana Busts: Is Your Community Here?

Collingswood Criminal and DWI Lawyer

Collingswood NJ Criminal LawyerCollingswood is a borough in Camden County, New Jersey, located in the Delaware Valley, just 5 miles east of Philadelphia. With a total area of 1.923 square miles, Collingswood borders Camden, Haddon Township, Oaklyn, Pennsauken Township, and Woodlynne. According to the most recent U.S. Census, Collingswood had a population of nearly 14,000. With its historic downtown district, parks, shops, and restaurants, Collingswood provides many amenities to residents and visitors alike. Unfortunately, arrests and charges for criminal and DWI offenses also arise in Collingswood on a regular basis. When you are charged with a criminal offense such as possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct, shoplifting, or simple assault; you are arrested on DWI charges; or you face a restraining order in Collingswood, it is imperative to have a Collingswood criminal defense attorney who is familiar with the proceedings and key players in the local courts.

The Law Offices of Leonard Biddison is a criminal and DWI defense law firm with offices in Collingswood, New Jersey. The firm’s founder, Leonard D. Biddison, has been defending clients against criminal and DUI charges in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for over 2 decades, earning recognition for excellence in practice and thousands of successful results along the way. In fact, he has been named among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the Nation for Criminal Defense by the National Trial Lawyers Association; among the Top 10 Criminal Law Attorneys in New Jersey, by the American Jurist Institute; and he earned a Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 rating from Martindale-Hubbell every year from 2010 to 2014. He also uses his private investigator, a former New Jersey State Trooper with over 25 years of experience, to find every thread of evidence that may be used to have your charges dismissed. When you need an experienced, highly skilled Collingswood criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Biddison is there to aggressively defend your innocence and work to achieve the best possible outcome. If you or a loved one is facing criminal or DWI charges in Collingswood or elsewhere in Camden County, contact The Law Offices of Leonard Biddison today at 856.427.6888 for a free consultation.

Disorderly Persons Offenses in Collingswood, New Jersey

Depending on the specific circumstances of your case and the degree of the charges you are facing, your case may be handled in different venues. For instance, if you are charged with a disorderly persons offense such as marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, or simple assault, your case will be handled in the Collingswood Municipal Court. This is also where cases involving driving while intoxicated (DWI), driving under the influence of drugs (DUI), and other traffic offenses are heard and decided.

The Collingswood Municipal Court is located at 28 W. Collings Avenue, Collingswood, New Jersey, 08108. Court hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the court can be reached directly at (856) 854-7535. Court sessions are held every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. The Presiding Judge in Honorabale Robert T. Zane, III. The Prosecutor is Timothy Search, Esq., and the Court Administrator is Carol Staszewski, CMCA. For additional information about Collingswood Municipal Court, visit their website.

Indictable Crimes and Restraining Orders in Collingswood, New Jersey

More serious charges issued in Collingswood, also known as indictable crimes or felonies, are transferred to the Camden County Superior Court for adjudication. For instance, if you are charged with aggravated assault, sexual assault, robbery, or unlawful possession of a weapon in Collingswood, your case will be handled by the Camden County Superior Court, Criminal Division. The Camden County Criminal Division is located at 101 South 5th Street, Suite #310F, Camden New Jersey 08103. The Criminal Division Manager is Alba R. Rivera, who can be reached directly at 856-379-2230. Lastly, if you are facing a restraining order or juvenile charges in Collingswood, your case will be handled in the Camden County Superior Court, Family Division. The Camden County Family Division is located in the Hall of Justice, 2nd Floor, st  101 South 5th Street, Camden, New Jersey, 08103. They can be reached directly at 856-379-2204.

To discuss your specific case and find the answers you need about criminal charges, DWI, or restraining orders in Collingswood or Camden County, New Jersey, contact The Law Offices of Leonard Biddison today at 856.427.6888 to speak with a Collingswood criminal defense lawyer. We are available immediately to assist you and consultations are always provided free of charge. 

Man Allegedly High on Marijuana, MDMA, Meth During DUI Fatal Accident

Pemberton NJ DUI Lawyer

After a Pemberton Township fatal car accident, authorities in Burlington County have charged a Waterford man with vehicular homicide. The defendant was allegedly driving under the influence of drugs (DUI), including marijuana, MDMA, and methamphetamine, when the crash occurred.

According to officials from the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, John P. Randolph, of Waterford Township, was driving his 1993 BMW 325i in the vicinity of Hanover Boulevard and Magnolia Street in the Browns Mills section of Pemberton Township on September 27, 2016. It was early morning and Randolph had a single passenger, 39-year-old Dennis M. McCaffrey Jr., in his car at the time.

Investigators say that Randolph was driving under the influence of marijuana, amphetamine, and methamphetamine when he drove off the road and collided with a tree, killing McCaffrey. Shortly after police arrive on the scene, McCaffrey was pronounced dead. A subsequent blood draw and lab report revealed that Randolph was driving under the influence.

On Thursday, June 8, 2017, nearly a year since the fatal accident, Randolph was indicted on charges for vehicular manslaughter by a grand jury in Burlington County Superior Court in Mount Holly. He was already being held at Burlington County Jail on charges associated with another case. The recent indictment could spell catastrophic consequences for Randolph, as vehicular homicide is the worst case scenario in a New Jersey DUI case.

In New Jersey, a typical charge for DUI, whether the substance involved is marijuana, MDMA, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, or prescription drugs, can still expose you to serious penalties. Under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50, a conviction for drug DUI is punishable by a fine of up to $500, loss of your driver’s license for 7 months to 1 year, and up to 30 days in jail. On top of these penalties, you may face additional charges for drug possession or possession of CDS in a motor vehicle if there were drugs in the car at the time of the offense.

In this case, Randolph is also charged with vehicular homicide, also known as death by auto, because the accident resulted in the death of another person. Under New Jersey law (N.J.S.A. 2C:11-5), a person can be charged with death by auto if he or she drives recklessly and causes another person’s death. While reckless driving can mean any number of things, in this case, driving under the influence of drugs meets the requirement for reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

A conviction for vehicular homicide (death by auto) is New Jersey may mean a sentence to serve between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison, 85 percent of which must be served before the defendant becomes eligible for parole, as well as driver’s license suspension from 5 years to the remainder of your life, and a fine of up to $150,000.

For additional information related to this case, view the following article: Man charged with homicide after fatal 2016 wreck, authorities say

Burlington County Man Pleads Guilty to Endangering the Welfare of a Child

Burlington County NJ Endangering the Welfare of a Child LawyerA man from Willingboro recently pleaded guilty to multiple endangering the welfare of a child charges involving possession and manufacturing of child pornography.

The defendant, 25-year-old Willingboro resident Craig L. Wyatt, submitted a guilty plea in Burlington County Superior Court in Mount Holly on Friday, June 2nd. He was facing several charges for endangering the welfare of a child, specifically, for child pornography, after striking up a relationship with a 13-year-old girl, whom he subsequently solicited for naked photos.

According to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, Wyatt and the victim met on Facebook in May of 2014. They became friends, but once Wyatt received a few naked photos of the girl, he began threatening her. Wyatt reportedly threatened to post photos of the teenager online, to have her kidnapped, and to get her pregnant, if she did not continue to send him sexual photos.

Eventually, one of the girl’s family members found out about the ongoing harassment and contacted the police. After an investigation, authorities arrested Wyatt, discovering 36 sexual photos of the girl on his phone and 2 on his Facebook account. Wyatt was charged with endangering the welfare of a child for possession of child pornography and manufacturing child pornography. He was reportedly on probation for previous offenses that were similar in nature when these new offenses occurred.

Wyatt’s sentencing will be held in August. He is exposed to 8 years in New Jersey State Prison, with 7 years of parole ineligibility. In New Jersey, endangering the welfare of a child charges (N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4) can arise in a wide range of circumstances. Under this statute, any person who manufactures child pornography is guilty of a second degree crime, which is punishable by a prison sentence between 5 to 10 years. Additionally, possession of child pornography is classified as a fourth degree crime and may result in a term of incarceration of up to 18 months. Due to the “sex crime” component of endangering the welfare of a child charges involving child pornography, those convicted are also subject to mandatory sex offender registration under New Jersey’s Megan’s Law.

For additional information related to this case, access the following article: Man pleads guilty to threatening girl online, soliciting nude photos

Delanco Township Alleged Robbery Suspect at Large

Delanco Township NJ Criminal Defense LawyerDelanco Township authorities have opened an investigation into an attempted robbery that occurred earlier this month. Authorities recently released a composite sketch of the suspect, who allegedly attempted to rob a pizza delivery driver in a local housing complex.

The incident in question occurred at approximately 9:20 p.m. on Thursday, May 18th in the vicinity of Heron Court in the Rivers Edge development in Delanco Township. According to Delanco Police, the suspect, described as a middle-aged man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and gray sweatpants, approach a pizza delivery driver and demanded money. Fortunately, the driver immediately fled the area and was not injured.

Investigators have asked that anyone with information related to the suspect or the alleged robbery reach out to the Delanco Police Department at 856-461-0357, extension 351. If law enforcement officials ultimately identify and apprehend the suspect in connection with this case, he may face charges for robbery or attempted robbery.

In New Jersey, robbery offenses are taken extremely seriously, and as such, they are graded as either first degree or second degree crimes. For robbery crimes involving weapons, and those in which a victim is hurt or threatened, the charges are typically first degree. On the other hand, typically robbery offenses are graded as second degree crimes. Both levels of robbery charges are also governed by the No Early Release Act, which includes a mandatory period of parole ineligibility set at 85 percent of the total sentence imposed.

This case also raises an interesting issue with attempted, versus completed, crimes in New Jersey. The robbery statute, N.J.S.A. 2C:15-1, defines robbery and the exposure for defendants as between 5 and 20 years in New Jersey State Prison, depending on the circumstances of the specific case. However, in New Jersey, an attempt to commit a crime of the first degree is a crime of the second degree; except that an attempt to commit murder or terrorism is a crime of the first degree. Otherwise, an attempt to commit a crime is the same degree as the crime itself. This element is significant, as a charge for first degree robbery could be charged as a second degree crime if it is attempted, but not executed.

For additional information pertaining to this case, access the following article: Delanco police release sketch of attempted robbery suspect

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