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Sandy Hook Marijuana Possession Offense
One of the more common Sandy Hook criminal charges someone can face is possession of marijuana. In most cases, the possession will involve 50 grams or less of marijuana. The biggest problem for those charged in this setting is the fact that this is a federal criminal violation rather than a municipal court offense. All cases falling within this category are heard at the United State Federal District Court which is located in Newark NJ. The rules of court and personnel are obviously much different than what would otherwise be involved in defending a case in Highlands or another local venue. This is a primary reason why it is important to hire an attorney with experience handling Sandy Hook marijuana possession charges.
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall are seasoned advocates with a rich history of defending clients who have been charged with possession of marijuana at Gunnison Beach and facilities at Sandy Hook. We have been successfully representing individuals charged with possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana and other Sandy Hook drug charges for over two decades. Our former prosecutors and skilled criminal lawyers are highly knowledgeable in what is involved in defending federal CDS offenses. Call us at 732-615-0039 for a free initial consultation with an attorney on our team.
Federal Law Governing Simple Possession of Marijuana
21 U.S.C. § 844 is the federal law equivalent to New Jersey’s simple possession law. This statute makes it unlawful to knowingly or intentionally possess marijuana without a valid prescription or medical marijuana card. A conviction under this section for a first offense results in a prison term of up to one year and a minimum fine of $1,000. A second offense carries a prison term of fifteen days to two years and a minimum fine of $2,500. The prison term for a third offense is 90 days to three years and the minimum fine is $5,000.
Possession of 50 Grams or Less of Marijuana under NJ Law
The Federal Magistrate that hears your case may also assimilate N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10 at the time of sentencing. This is the state law regulating possession of marijuana. A conviction for possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana carries a fine of up to $1,000 and a maximum county jail sentence of six months. There is also a mandatory driver’s license suspension of 6-24 months that applies.
Sandy Hook Marijuana Possession Attorney
The possibility of significant consequences certainly exists if you fail to successfully defend your marijuana possession offense. An attorney at our firm can help you insure that an unfavorable outcome is averted. We have over a century of combined experience defending Sandy Hook charges and are prepared to utilize all of our resources to succeed on your behalf. To speak to a lawyer on our defense staff any time 24/7, contact our Middletown Office at 732-615-0039.