The most common variety of marijuana offense charged in NJ is simple possession. While this unquestionably comprises the largest volume of cases, a marijuana possession arrest nevertheless involves serious penalties including loss of a motor vehicle license, a criminal record, and can even involve jail. Before you make the wrong move, take advantage of the opportunity to speak to one of our lawyers. The attorneys at our law firm have approximately one hundred (100) years of experience defending marijuana possession offenses and have successfully handled literally hundreds of these cases throughout New Jersey.
Possession of Less than 50 Grams
Where an individual is found in possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana and there is no intention to sell the drugs, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10 makes the charge a disorderly persons offense. While a conviction for this type of possession involves a disorderly persons offense, potential employers, licensing boards and other third parties will have access to this information in the event of conviction. In addition, an individual convicted of marijuana possession is exposed to a six (6) month driver’s license revocation. Thankfully, our lawyers can avoid these repercussions in the majority of marijuana possession cases so it is in your best interests to give us a call at 1-877-450-8301.
Possession of More than 50 Grams
Individuals charged with possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10 are exposed to a Fourth Degree Offense. A Fourth Degree charge is a felony, carries up to eighteen (18) months in jail, gives rise to a criminal record, and involves a fine of up to $25,000.00. A conviction for Fourth Degree marijuana possession is also likely to result in significant court supervision, typically in the form of probation.
Possession in a School Zone
An individual is required to perform not less than 100 hours of community service in accordance with N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10 if his marijuana possession was on school property or within 1,000 feet of a property used for school purposes.
“Constructive Possession” under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10
An individual need not have actual physical control of marijuana to be deemed in “possession” under NJ law as the law also criminalizes “constructive possession”. Constructive possession is defined as knowledge of the presence of marijuana along with the intention to exercise physical control over it.
If you have been charged with marijuana possession, the outcome of your case shall have a significant impact on your future. Do not be foolish enough to attempt to resolve the case without the benefit of at least speaking to a lawyer. You have many defenses under the law and our attorneys will make sure that every opportunity for avoiding conviction is exhausted. One of the lawyers from our legal teams is available 24/7 to discuss your marijuana case.