Marijuana offenses — including simple possession, possession with intent to sell and possession of pot paraphernalia — are among the most common criminal and municipal charges in New Jersey.
I am Anthony N. Palumbo, a New Jersey defense lawyer and partner at the law firm Palumbo & Renaud. I have been practicing criminal and municipal law in New Jersey for more than 35 years of criminal defense trial experience and have represented countless defendants in marijuana cases. Contact me to schedule a free initial consultation about the charges you face. With my experience and skill I will be able to vigorously fight the charges against you.
Exploring Your Defense Options When Facing Pot Charges
Depending on the specific marijuana offense you are accused of, your case may handled in the municipal court system or the criminal court system. The most common charges are illegal possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, both of which are municipal offenses.
If you have been charged with a criminal marijuana offense such as possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana, marijuana distribution, marijuana sale, marijuana trafficking or marijuana manufacturing (cultivation), the consequences may be more serious.
Possession of Marijuana and Other Drugs
In some cases, it is possible to get a criminal charge downgraded to a municipal charge. I have obtained hundreds of downgraded charges which reduce the impact of a brush with the law on your future.
Each marijuana case is unique. If you contact me, I will look at the evidence the prosecuting attorney has against you, take the time to understand your side of the story and consider all other factors in order to best assess your options.
Getting You Into Pretrial Intervention
If you've been charged with a marijuana offense, you may be eligible for New Jersey's pretrial intervention (PTI) program. If you are accepted into the PTI program in the Superior Court, your indictable criminal charges will be put on hold for one year. When you successfully complete the program, the charges will be dismissed, and you will have no criminal record.
If you are interested in a pre-trial intervention option, I will explain it in detail and work with you to apply.