Delanco Township Man Charged with Marijuana Distribution after Home Search

Delanco Township NJ Marijuana Distribution ChargesSelling marijuana, although very common in New Jersey, can lead to serious criminal charges for marijuana distribution and possession of weed with intent to distribute. For example, a man in Delanco Township, New Jersey was recently charged with marijuana distribution after police executed a search warrant at his residence. If you have been arrested for selling marijuana in the Burlington County area, our lawyers use over 20 years’ experience handling these cases to beat drug charges on a regular basis. Call 856-427-6888 now for a free consultation about your specific case and continue reading to learn more about drug distribution law in New Jersey.

There are several things to keep in mind when dealing with a drug distribution charge. The first is that you need not make any money to be charged with a violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5, New Jersey’s drug distribution statute. A person only needs to dispense a controlled dangerous substance like marijuana, or transfer it to another person to be considered “distributing.”

In this case, 21-year-old Delanco resident Robert Lamar was arrested for marijuana distribution and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. These drug crimes are governed by the same statute, meaning they are subject to the same grading and sentencing guidelines. For example, possession of between 1 ounce and 5 pounds of marijuana with intent to distribute is considered the same offense as actual distribution of the same amount of marijuana. Both are third degree crimes punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

You may be wondering, how do police know if I intended to distribute the drug in my possession? Often, law enforcement officials will charge you with drug distribution based on a larger amount of the substance, as well as drug packaging materials and significant sums of cash. In this case, officers searched Lamar’s home on the 400 block of Delview Lane in Delanco Township, where they reportedly found marijuana, drug distribution packaging materials, and cash. They seized all of these items, as well as a vehicle located at the home.

Police searched Lamar’s home after an investigation into the illegal marijuana selling in Delanco reportedly led to him. He was arrested and charged with marijuana distribution, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, and distribution of drug paraphernalia. The amount of marijuana retrieved from Lamar’s residence remains undisclosed, but it will weigh heavily on the potential consequences if he is ultimately convicted.

Distribution of marijuana, like any drug in New Jersey, varies in terms of degrees. In other words, you can be charged with anything from a fourth degree to a first degree crime for selling marijuana and the penalties to which you are exposed will depend on the degree of the charges. The amount of the drug (the measured weight) or in the case of marijuana, also the number of plants, are used to determine the degree of crime. Regardless, all charges for marijuana distribution are indictable offenses. So, if you are charged with intent to distribute marijuana in Burlington County, your case will be heard in the Burlington County Superior Court in Mount Holly, NJ.

Charged with Marijuana Distribution in Delanco Township, NJ?

At The Law Offices of Leonard Biddison, our skilled criminal defense lawyers have successfully resolved countless marijuana cases for clients in Delanco, Evesham Township, Delran, Mount Laurel, Camden, Gloucester, and throughout South Jersey. If you would like to speak with an attorney about your marijuana charges, contact our office in Collingswood at 856-427-6888 or send us an email anytime. We are happy to answer your questions and consultations are always provided free of charge.

Driver’s License Suspension for Criminal Charges in NJ

Mount Holly NJ License Suspension Attorneys

License Suspension Drug Charges in South JerseyIf you have been arrested and charged with a crime in New Jersey, you may be surprised to learn that you can lose your license even if the charges have nothing to do with driving or a motor vehicle violation. In fact, one of the most common penalties for drug charges in New Jersey is a period of driver’s license suspension. New Jersey law requires a mandatory suspension of your driver’s license for 6 months if you’re convicted of a drug crime like possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS). For more information about driver’s license suspensions for criminal charges in New Jersey, keep reading. And if you are facing criminal charges in Mount Holly, Mount Laurel, Chesterfield, Bordentown, Cinnaminson, Evesham Township, or elsewhere in the Burlington County region, contact The Law Offices of Leonard Biddison for a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Call 856-427-6888 or fill out our online form today.

Driver’s License Suspension for Drug Offenses under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-16

According to section N.J.S.A. 2C:35-16 of the New Jersey criminal statutes, a person convicted or adjudicated delinquent of a drug offense (any of the controlled dangerous substance crimes outlined in section 35 and drug paraphernalia offenses in section 36) is subject to a mandatory driver’s license suspension for a minimum of 6 months and up to 2 years. The license suspension begins on the day of your conviction unless the court finds compelling circumstances that warrant an exception. In order to receive an exception, a defendant must demonstrate that suspension of their driving privileges would cause extreme hardship and they have no alternative means of transportation. Getting a hardship license exception after a drug conviction is extremely difficult. It is highly advisable to have a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney arguing for an exception to the mandatory license suspension requirement in your case.

Charges with Mandatory Motor Vehicle License Suspension in NJ

Some of the most common charges that require suspension of your driver’s license if convicted include:

What if I don’t have my license yet?

The mandatory driver’s license suspension associated with drug crimes and other charges applies to both juveniles and adults in New Jersey. If you’re a juvenile adjudicated delinquent of any of the offenses above or another offense with a license suspension requirement, the date at which you are eligible to get your driver’s license will be pushed back. Depending on the specific suspension imposed by the court, you may have to wait between 6 months and 2 years from your seventeenth birthday to take your driving test.

Will my License be Suspended if I get Conditional Discharge or Pretrial Intervention (PTI)?

If you become enrolled in the Conditional Discharge Program or Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI), you are not bound by the mandatory driver’s license suspension associated with drug crime convictions in New Jersey. The Court has the authority to suspend your license if they deem it appropriate, but having a skilled criminal lawyer on your side gives you the best opportunity for avoiding suspension of your driving privileges while on PTI or conditional discharge.

Dealing with Potential Driver’s License Suspension in the Burlington County area?

If you are facing suspension of your license in connection with drug charges or another criminal or traffic violation in South Jersey, you need to speak with a criminal defense attorney about your legal options. At The Law Offices of Leonard Biddison, our lawyers regularly help clients avoid drug convictions and driver’s license suspension in Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and throughout New Jersey. To speak with a defense attorney free of charge, contact us immediately at (856) 427-6888.

Will I Lose my Professional License if I’m Charged with a Crime in NJ?

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Burlington County Criminal Charge and Professional License

If you are a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, teacher, realtor, or other professional required to be licensed in New Jersey, you may be wondering how a criminal charge will impact your professional license. While criminal charges ranging from possession of marijuana to aggravated assault may expose you to different penalties, any type of criminal issue can have collateral consequences for your professional standing.

While criminal courts, including Municipal Courts and Superior Courts, are responsible for handling criminal prosecution, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General’s Division of Consumer Affairs is responsible for handling licenses issued in the state of New Jersey. There are numerous subdivisions within Consumer Affairs that oversee specific professional licenses, including those for doctors, nurses, home health aids, pharmacists, real estate agents, teachers, and more.

If a person is arrested and charged with a crime in New Jersey, whether it is an indictable offense like unlawful possession of a weapon or a disorderly persons offense like simple assault, their professional license may be in jeopardy. Depending on the type of license, a board under the NJ Attorney General’s Division of Consumer Affairs may choose to pursue disciplinary action against a criminal defendant in an entirely separate proceeding from the criminal case. Potential penalties imposed by State Licensing Boards can vary from a “slap on the wrist” to a period of license suspension, probation, and in the worst cases, revoking your professional license entirely.

When facing criminal charges as a licensed professional in New Jersey, it is important to know and understand several things. First, you need to speak with an attorney who has extensive experience with criminal courts and professional oversight committees. In order to ensure you reach the best possible outcome and avoid serious issues with your professional license, you want a lawyer on your side who understands the potential impact of the criminal case’s outcome on your license. As such, a licensee in New Jersey should seek our an attorney who will proceed with a defense strategy that most readily addresses the outcomes of both the criminal justice process and the professional oversight review in administrative court.

You may have questions like: “Why does illegal possession of a prescription drug have anything to do with my job as an educator?” Or, “how come my real estate license may be affected by a brief scuffle at a football game?”

At The Law Offices of Leonard Biddison, our highly experienced criminal defense attorneys get questions like these all the time. We have a thorough understanding of the criminal and administrative components of cases involving defendants with professional licenses in New Jersey and we can help you reach a favorable resolution that keeps your license and your reputation intact. If you have been charged with a criminal offense as a license holder, our lawyers will help you navigate the criminal and professional review board process.

With offices in Collingswood, we regularly assist clients with such matters in Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County and surrounding areas. For an absolutely free consultation about your case, call (856) 427-6888 or send us an email today.

Medford Township Pastor Pleads Guilty in Sexual Assault Case

South Jersey Sex Crime ChargesA pastor in Medford Township, New Jersey, recently confessed to sex crimes against four minors, as well as sexual misconduct with another juvenile.

According to officials from the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, 74-year-old pastor Harry L. Thomas pleaded guilty to three second-degree counts of sexual assault and one count of aggravated sexual assault, which is a first-degree offense. He also pleaded guilty to one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a second-degree charge.

This confession came on the heels of Thomas, 74, being charged in December of 2017 with a multiple sexual assaults that occurred between 1999 and 2015. According to court documents, the assaults took place in Medford, New Jersey. Thomas was the pastor and founder of Come Alive Church and the founder of Creation Festival, which is advertised as the largest Christian music festival in the country.

As a result of his plea agreement, Thomas will face up to 20 years in NJ State Prison without the possibility of parole. While taking a plea bargain is often the path of least resistance, there are many circumstances in which people move too quickly to accept a plea bargain for fear of losing in a trial. Here’s a look at the charges and penalties Thomas was facing if convicted.

“Sexual assault” is the legal term for rape in New Jersey. According to N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2, sexual assault is defined as “the penetration, no matter how slight, in which physical force or coercion is used or in which the victim is physically or mentally incapacitated.” The statute identifies several elements of the offense, which include: having sexual contact with someone who is under 13 years of age and while the offender is over 17; committing an act of sexual penetration when using physical force (that does not result in an injury); the victim is between ages 16-18 and is related to the offender or under his or her authority; the victim is under the perpetrator’s control; or the victim is between the ages 13-16 and the offender is four years older.

A sexual assault is most often prosecuted as a second-degree offense with a maximum penalty of 10 years’ incarceration. However, aggravated sexual assault is treated as a first-degree offense and is subject to up to 20 years’ imprisonment. It occurs when one or more of the following criteria are met: the victim is under 13 years old; the victim is handicapped or in some way incapacitated; the victim is between the ages of 13 and 16 and the perpetrator is a family member or has control over the victim; the sexual assault is committed during the perpetration of another crime, like robbery, assault or murder; the perpetrator used a weapon during the sexual assault; or the actor committed the crime with the use of force and the assistance from another person.

Although endangering the welfare of a child covers multiple acts under N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4, this case refers to a person engaging in sexual conduct with a minor whom he or she has the legal duty to care for. This is a second-degree charge that could’ve added another 10 years to Thomas’ sentence.

All told, if Thomas were found guilty of each charge, he would’ve been looking at a maximum of 60 years’ incarceration. Without access to the evidence the prosecution had against him, it’s impossible to truly judge whether or not a plea bargain was in his best interest. Sometimes, a person who holds a prominent position within their community chooses to expedite the case with a plea bargain.

Charged with a Sex Crime in Southern New Jersey?

If you’ve been charged with sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault or any other type of sex crime in Burlington County, New Jersey, it’s important to consider all of your options before rushing into a plea bargain. A guilty plea will likely require you to register as a sex offender, which will follow you for the rest of your life. If you or a loved one is facing a sex crime charge in Medford Township or elsewhere in Southern New Jersey, contact the experienced criminal defense lawyers at The Law Offices of Leonard Biddison to get the guidance you need. We will thoroughly examine your case and create a strategy for the best possible outcome. Call 856-427-6888 to schedule a free consultation or email us. We also provide appointments at our office in Collingswood, NJ.

For additional information about this case, access the following article: Pastor admits he sexually assaulted 4 kids over 16-year period

What is a disorderly persons offense?

Understanding Disorderly Persons Charges in New Jersey

Burlington NJ Disorderly Persons AttorneyIf you have been charged with a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey, you are likely wondering what this means. Is a disorderly persons offense a criminal charge? Is it a type of crime? What is a disorderly persons offense? In New Jersey, a disorderly persons offense is a classification of criminal offense similar to a misdemeanor. It is not technically a “crime,” also known as a felony. There are a vast array of offenses that fall under the category of disorderly persons offense in NJ, including possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, simple assault, harassment, resisting arrest, criminal mischief (if property damage is $200 or less), and underage drinking. Here’s what you need to know if you’re arrested for a disorderly persons offense in South Jersey.

A Disorderly Persons Offense is Handled in Municipal Court

Unlike felony charges for first degree, second degree, third degree, and fourth degree crimes, disorderly persons cases are handled in the local municipal court where the charges were issued. So, if you’re charged with a disorderly conduct in Mount Holly, you will be required to appear in Mount Holly Municipal Court as opposed to Burlington County Superior Court. This is important for a variety of reasons. First of all, a municipal court case does not entitle you to a trial by jury. Your disorderly persons charge will be heard and decided by the presiding judge in the specific municipal court. Also, a disorderly persons charge is not punished by incarceration in New Jersey State Prison. Any imprisonment for a disorderly persons offense will be served in the county jail.

Penalties for Disorderly Persons Charges in New Jersey

If you are convicted of a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey, you face jail, fines, a criminal record, and a host of other potential penalties. Specifically, a DP offense exposes you to up to 6 months in the county jail and a maximum fine of $1,000. You may also be sentenced to pay court costs and fees, restitution to the victim, community service, probation, a period of driver’s license suspension, and the conviction will appear on a criminal background check. Under current NJ law, you are eligible to expunge a disorderly persons offense from your criminal record after five years from the last date of conviction, completion of probation, payment of fine, or the latest date on which the sentence was completed.

Diversionary Programs for Disorderly Persons Offenses

Depending on the specific disorderly persons offense you have been charged with, you may be able to have the charges dismissed by enrolling in a diversionary program. For example, conditional discharge is a program available to first-time offenders charged with disorderly persons drug offenses like marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. If you complete a period of probation and comply with program requirements, the charges against you are dismissed. Similarly, the conditional dismissal program allows a person with no prior criminal record to have a charge like shoplifting dismissed after a probationary term. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can examine your case to determine if you are eligible for a diversionary program in municipal court.

Burlington NJ Disorderly Persons Lawyers

At The Law Offices of Leonard Biddison, our highly experienced criminal defense lawyers regularly defend clients charged with disorderly persons offenses in Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and nearby areas. Mr. Biddison, our firm’s founding attorney, has been defending clients against misdemeanor criminal charges in municipal courts in Evesham Township, Cinnaminson, Moorestown, Cherry Hill, Deptford, Washington Township, and throughout South Jersey for over twenty years. His dedication to achieving the best possible outcomes has earned him the 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award from the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys. To find out how he can help you resolve your disorderly persons offense and move on with your life, contact The Law Offices of Leonard Biddison in Collingswood at (856) 427-6888. We provide free consultations and are available anytime to assist you.


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