Burlington County NJ Marijuana Distribution Lawyer
Drug Crimes Defense Attorney in Southern New Jersey
New Jersey has legalized the use of medical marijuana, meaning that those who comply with the State’s medical marijuana policies can legally use the drug to treat eligible conditions. New Jersey acknowledges the medical benefits of marijuana for the treatment of ailments including ALS, Cancer, Crohn’s disease, HIV and AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, Seizures, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In order to be eligible for the program, you must have one of the accepted conditions and be issued a prescription from a licensed medical professional. Those who use medical marijuana are legally allowed to obtain and possess two ounces of marijuana per month. The State heavily regulates the distribution of marijuana, outlawing home cultivation and only allowing patients prescribed marijuana to obtain the drug solely at a state-licensed dispensary. As a result, individuals who grow their own marijuana and/or distribute it to others are subject to serious criminal charges. Depending on the measured weight of marijuana or the number of plants involved in the alleged offense, those charged with marijuana distribution or possession of marijuana with intent to distribute may face a prison sentence ranging from 18 months to up to 20 years.
Criminal defense attorney Leonard Biddison has been defending clients accused of marijuana distribution and other drug crimes in Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for over 20 years. He provides unparalleled representation and achieves superior outcomes for clients throughout Burlington County, including Mt. Laurel, Mt. Holly, Willingboro, Lumberton, and Medford. In fact, he was recently recognized as one of the Top 10 Criminal Law Attorneys in New Jersey by the American Jurist Institute. He also employs the services of a private investigator, a former New Jersey State Trooper who has particular experience with narcotics investigations, to devise the best attacks on the State’s case. Whether the best result in your case is an outright dismissal at trial, a dismissal through completion of a diversionary program such as Conditional Discharge or Pre-Trial Intervention, downgraded charges, or a negotiated plea to a lesser sentence, Mr. Biddison will work tirelessly to secure it on your behalf. To discuss your case with Mr. Biddison today, contact his offices at 856-245-5240 for a cost-free consultation.
Marijuana Distribution Lawyer in Mount Laurel NJ
It is illegal to manufacture, distribute, dispense, or possess marijuana with intent to distribute in New Jersey. All of these offenses are subsumed under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5. According to this statute, the degree of these charges is contingent upon the measured weight of marijuana, the number of marijuana plants, or the measured weight of hashish, involved in the alleged offense. The thresholds are as follows:
- Less than 1 ounce of marijuana or less than 5 grams of hashish: Fourth Degree Crime: up to 18 months of imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000
- 1 ounce to 5 pounds of marijuana or 5 grams to 1 pound of hashish: Third Degree Crime: between 3 and 5 years of imprisonment and a maximum fine of $25,000
- 5 pounds to 25 pounds of marijuana, 10 to 50 marijuana plants, or 1 pound to 5 pounds of hashish: Second Degree Crime: between 5 and 10 years of imprisonment and a maximum fine of $150,000
- 25 pounds or more of marijuana, 50 or more marijuana plants, or 5 pounds or more of hashish: First Degree Crime: between 10 and 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $300,000
If you are convicted of manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, or possessing marijuana with intent to distribute in New Jersey, you are also subject to a mandatory period of driver’s license suspension.
Contact a Mount Holly NJ Intent to Distribute Marijuana Lawyer for Answers
If you or someone you love has been charged with marijuana distribution or another drug crime in Burlington County or elsewhere in South Jersey, it is critical to understand all of your legal options. Contact the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison at 856-245-5240 for additional information and a cost-free consultation.