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Marijuana Possession Lawyers in Barnegat NJ

Qualified Barnegat Marijuana Distribution and Possession Defense Attorneys Will Fight for You

If you do not have proper legal help, weed charges can be a big issue. NJ has strict pot laws and penalties for possession and distribution. Although medical marijuana is legal and may be used by certain individuals, the pot laws still are in full effect for the bulk of people in NJ. You need a marijuana defense lawyer serving Barnegat, New Jersey, if you have been taken in for marijuana possession, distribution or the intent to distribute.

Have a Better Understanding of NJ Marijuana Charges

New Jersey considers marijuana a Schedule 1 Controlled Dangerous Substance. If you have possession of over 50 grams of marijuana on you when you are taken into custody, it will result in felony charges.

If you are arrested in possession of marijuana (this can be less than 50 grams), charges will frequently extend further than possession. Even if you were not taken into custody after distributing marijuana, you can be charged with the intent to distribute, which is just as forbidding. Distribution and the intent to sell face much more intense consequences than possession. You should create a solid legal strategy with an experienced Barnegat, NJ marijuana law firm to make sure your charges don't become more than just possession.

Experienced NJ Drug Possession Lawyers

Since being established in 1996, Villani & DeLuca criminal defense attorneys have fought for the rights of clients disputing drug charges, like marijuana possession and distribution. Partner Carmine Villani, Esq. has been representing clients since 1992 and concentrates on defending clients from criminal charges such as possession and distribution of pot. Mr. Villani is a former municipal prosecutor and will leverage his experience to strengthen your defense, so that it is as good as it can be.

Marijuana Laws in NJ

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Possession of Marijuana

Possession of 50 grams or fewer of marijuana can afford a prison sentence of up to 6 months and a $1,000 fine. If your marijuana possession tops 50 grams, you can get stuck with a prison term that is as much as 18 months and a much larger fine of $25,000.

Marijuana Distribution and Intent to Distribute

All marijuana distribution allegations are felonies by law in NJ with a conviction, but the punishments coupled with these charges vary in severity. First degree marijuana distribution charges that end in a conviction are so strict that the person convicted can face twenty years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

School Zones and Public Parks

An arrest in a protected zone transforms a minimal penalty into an increasingly severe one. These protected zones contain public parks and school zones. A school zone actually extends 1,000 feet from designated buildings operated by the school district. It can be the middle of summer for a protected zone penalty to apply to your charges. Distributing drugs in or near a school is especially serious. There are allowances to this policy, however, an experienced NJ marijuana lawyer can claim that the mandatory minimum sentence is not applicable.

Medicinal Marijuana

If you have been approved by the state of NJ to participate in medical marijuana, you could be exempted from particular possession charges. However, New Jersey doesn't recognize patients who have been approved to use medical marijuana by other states. Only serious health conditions or a mortal illness may justify a medical marijuana exemption in New Jersey.

Villani & DeLuca is Available 24/7 for Legal Assistance

Contact Villani & DeLuca right now if you are fighting drug charges in Barnegat, NJ. You may also speak with a Villani & DeLuca defense lawyer at (732) 709-7757 for a free-of-charge legal consultation. Our NJ marijuana defense lawyers are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

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