Mount Laurel NJ Marijuana Possession Lawyer
Criminal Defense Attorney in Burlington County, New Jersey
The debate over the legalization of marijuana rages on, with some states adopting medical marijuana policies, while others promote straight legalization. As of June 2016, 25 states in the U.S. have legalized medical marijuana, while four states (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington), as well as Washington D.C., have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes. Currently, New Jersey is among the medical marijuana states, outlawing marijuana that is not prescribed and dispensed at state-approved dispensaries. While Colorado’s legal marijuana sales reached nearly $1 billion in 2015, generating more than $135 million in government revenue through taxes and fees, New Jersey makes money by strictly enforcing its marijuana laws and requiring those convicted of marijuana offenses to pay significant fines and court fees. In fact, the possession of any amount of marijuana in New Jersey may result in a $1,000 fine, additional court fees, a sentence to serve up to 6 months in the county jail, and a charge on your criminal record. Although many see this as ludicrous, a charge for possession of marijuana remains a serious offense with the potential to significantly impact your future.
If you have been arrested for marijuana charges in Burlington County, it is very important to enlist the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Attorney Leonard Biddison has been successfully representing clients charged with drug crimes and other criminal offenses in Southern New Jersey for over two decades. With his extensive knowledge of the law and unwavering dedication to his clients, Mr. Biddison has achieved superior results in courts in Mount Laurel, Mount Holly, Bordentown, and throughout Burlington County. In fact, he was recently named among the Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in America, by the National Trial Lawyers Association. With his skill in the court room and at the negotiating table, Mr. Biddison is able to position his clients for the best possible results, whether that means a dismissal after trial, enrollment in a diversionary program such as Conditional Discharge or Pre-Trial Intervention, or a negotiated plea to a lesser sentence. When he takes your case, you can rest-assured that he will pursue every available legal option until your case is effectively resolved. To receive a free initial consultation and find additional information, contact The Law Offices of Leonard Biddison today at 856-245-5240.
Possession of Marijuana Lawyer in Evesham NJ
Possession of Marijuana Under 50 Grams
According to section N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(4) of the New Jersey Criminal Code, “Possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana, including any adulterants or dilutants, or five grams or less of hashish” is considered a disorderly persons offense. A disorderly persons offense is adjudicated at the local Municipal Court in the municipality in which the alleged offense occurred.
These offenses are punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000, a $750 Drug Enforcement Demand Reduction (DEDR) penalty, a $50 laboratory fee, a sentence to serve up to 6 months in the county jail, a conviction on your criminal record, and a 6-month period of driver’s license suspension.
Possession of Marijuana Over 50 Grams:
According to section N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(3) of the New Jersey Criminal Code, “Possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana, including any adulterants or dilutants, or more than five grams of hashish” is classified as a fourth degree crime. Fourth degree crimes are considered indictable felonies in New Jersey, which means they are adjudicated at the Superior Court in the county in which the alleged offense occurred.
These crimes are punishable a sentence to serve up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison, a felony conviction on your criminal record, a $750 Drug Enforcement Demand Reduction (DEDR) penalty, a $50 laboratory fee, and a 6-month period of driver’s license suspension. In addition, a fine of up to $25,000 may be imposed in certain cases.
Contact a Willingboro NJ Marijuana Possession Lawyer for a Free Consultation
If you or someone you love has been charged with possession of marijuana or another drug crime in Burlington County or elsewhere in South Jersey, your most vital step in the legal process is often whether or not you hire the right attorney. Contact the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison at 856-245-5240 for additional information and a cost-free consultation.