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Marijuana Possession Lawyers in Berkeley NJ

Qualified Berkeley Marijuana Distribution and Possession Defense Lawyers

If you do not have proper legal representation, marijuana charges can be a big problem. New Jersey has strict pot laws and penalties for possession and distribution. Although medical marijuana is legal and may be used by particular individuals, the pot laws still apply to the bulk of citizens in New Jersey. If you have been arrested for pot possession, your Berkeley, NJ attorney can assist you through the legal steps.

Know the Law, Avoid Marijuana Allegations in NJ

According to state law, marijuana is referred to as a Controlled Dangerous Substance. The weight of the weed you had on you will dictate the consequences you can face. If you have fewer than 50 grams of marijuana at the time of custody, you may be accused of a disorderly persons offense. But, possession of a weight of marijuana over 50 grams is filed as a more serious crime.

If you are arrested in possessing marijuana (this can be a smaller amount than 50 grams), charges will frequently go beyond beyond possession. The state will occasionally pursue charges for the intent to sell, which is treated the same as being arrested in the act of physically distributing marijuana. Typically, the intent to sell is a more severe charge than possession. A Berkeley criminal defense lawyer may fight to have your distribution allegations lessened to possession.

NJ Defense Attorneys With a Background Fighting Marijuana Charges

The attorneys of Villani & DeLuca have been arguing marijuana-related charges in NJ since opening its doors in 1996. Carmine Villani, Esq. is a marijuana defense lawyer with a history in defending clients facing drug charges. Mr. Villani is a previous municipal prosecutor and will use his background to help your defense, so that it is as solid as possible.

Marijuana Charges

{The severity of the charges that may be brought against you in New Jersey alter depending on the specifics of your arrest, including the weight of the marijuana discovered on your person, where the arrest occurred and the intent perceived by police and the state.|Marijuana charges may be serious or relatively minimal depending on the geography of your arrest, the amount of marijuana and what the arresting officer and the prosecutor believes your intent was (intent to sell or recreational use).

Possession of Marijuana

Marijuana possession in NJ of less than 50 grams can be punished by jail terms of as many as six months and fines that reach upwards $1,000. However, the punishment can be potentially 18 months in jail with a maximum fine of $25,000, when the total amount of marijuana exceeds 50 grams.

Marijuana Distribution and Intent to Sell Marijuana

Distribution is extremely serious charge in New Jersey. Distribution of only an ounce of marijuana or less will earn a maximum jail sentence of 18 months and a fine that reaches $10,000 for a guilty plea. If you are found guilty of distributing or the intent to distribute in the first degree, your penalties can be as serious as a twenty-year jail term and a $300,000 fine.

School Zones and Public Parks

An arrest in a protected zone upgrades a smaller penalty into a more severe one. These protected zones include public parks and school zones. School zones are defined as any land leased or owned by an elementary school, secondary school or school board and include areas as far as 1,000 feet from these sites as well as school vehicles. It can be the middle of summer for a protected zone penalty to apply to your charges. Selling drugs in or near a school is particularly serious. But, you may still be able to dispute your charges, with the advice of a criminal defense lawyer.

Medicinal Marijuana

Medical marijuana is permitted in New Jersey, but there are multiple terms and regulations when considering the medical marijuana exemption. Although you might be qualified for medical marijuana in one state, NJ's medical marijuana program does not accept many illnesses. While some states have extremely tolerant medical marijuana policies, NJ does not. Medical marijuana is intended for more major health concerns and potentially life-threatening illnesses.

Villani & DeLuca is Available All Day, Every Day for Legal Advice

To deal with your marijuana charges in Berkeley, New Jersey, contact Villani & DeLuca criminal defense attorneys. You can 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, each day of the year.

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