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Marijuana Possession Lawyers in Toms River NJ

Qualified Toms River Marijuana Distribution and Possession Defense Lawyers Will Protect Your Rights

If you do not have the right legal help, weed charges can be a big issue. Do not risk a conviction for marijuana possession or distribution. Although medical marijuana is allowed and can be used by particular individuals, the pot laws still are in full effect for the majority of citizens in NJ. You need a pot defense attorney serving Toms River, NJ, if you have been arrested for marijuana possession, distribution or the intent to distribute.

Have a Better Understanding of NJ Marijuana Laws

Marijuana is called a Controlled Dangerous Substance in NJ. Charges like possession of a CDS depend upon the amount of marijuana discovered when you were arrested. Fifty grams of marijuana may call for a less severe charge such as disorderly persons. But, possession of amounts of marijuana more than 50 grams is a more serious crime.

Even if you have a moderately small amount of pot on your person, you may still be charged with intent to distribute. The state will occasionally charge you with the intent to distribute, which is treated the equivalent of being arrested in the process of physically selling marijuana. Typically, the intent to sell is a more serious charge than possession. A Toms River criminal defense attorney may fight to have your distribution allegations reduced to possession.

NJ Defense Lawyers With a Background Fighting Marijuana Charges

With experience disputing drug charges as a criminal defense attorney and defending drug charges as a former prosecutor, Carmine Villani, Esq. will assist you with your marijuana possession or distribution offenses. Villani & DeLuca opened in 1996 and has been disputing marijuana allegations for clients ever since.

Marijuana Charges and Penalties Our Experienced NJ Defense Attorneys Will Argue

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Possession of Marijuana

Possession of 50 grams or fewer of marijuana can present you with a prison sentence of up to six months and a $1,000 fine. If your marijuana possession tops 50 grams, you can receive a verdict with a prison sentence that is a maximum of 18 months and a much bigger fine of $25,000.

Marijuana Distribution and Intent to Distribute

Marijuana distribution is a felony, but fines and punishments vary. For instance, a fourth degree charge (less than one ounce) can lead to a fine of up to $10,000 and a jail term of up to 18 months, while a first degree charge would come with a maximum sentence of twenty years and a max fine of $300,000.

School Zones and Public Parks

All marijuana-related accusations will be heightened if the crime takes place in a location designated by New Jersey laws as a protected zone. These protected zones include public parks and school zones. A school zone actually extends 1,000 feet from designated buildings operated by the school district. Increased charges will still take place even if it is not during the school year and no minors are present. If you are arrested in a school zone and charged with selling marijuana, a prison sentence of at least three years without parole can apply. There are exceptions to this law, however, an experienced New Jersey marijuana possession attorney can argue that the mandatory minimum sentence does not apply.

Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana is permitted in New Jersey, but there are many conditions and guidelines when considering the medical marijuana exemption. Even though you might be allowed to use medical marijuana in one state, NJ's medical marijuana program does not accept many people. The medical marijuana laws of New Jersey are usually more tough than similar medical marijuana states throughout the country. Only serious illnesses may lead to medicinal marijuana exemptions.

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Have you been charged with possession of marijuana or intent to sell in Toms River, NJ? Ask NJ marijuana lawyers for legal advice with a free consultation by calling Villani & DeLuca at (732) 709-7757.

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