Stages of a Marijuana Case
Please note: New Jersey voted in favor of legalizing marijuana in the November 2020 election. However, legislation is still developing. If you are facing marijuana charges, it is crucial that you secure an attorney immediately to look after your rights. Call 908-643-6801 or contact us online to discuss your case.
If you have been accused of possession, or possession with intent to distribute, you are facing serious marijuana charges.
In New Jersey marijuana possession of less than 50 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia is considered a disorderly person charge, tried in municipal court.
Possession of more than 50 grams can be charged as distribution, trafficking and manufacturing, a 4th degree criminal offense, and tried in the criminal court system.
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The penalties for conviction of marijuana charges will disrupt your life, possibly costing you your driver’s license, up to 18 months in jail and heavy fines. In addition, you will now have a criminal record, which will follow you in job interviews, student loan applications and rental housing applications.
I am attorney Anthony N. Palumbo. I have been in practice for more than 35 years, and focus exclusively on criminal defense, including marijuana charges. Before going into private practice, I served as a Union County prosecutor and Cranford municipal prosecutor.
Stages of a Marijuana Case
First your marijuana case is investigated. If the police drop by “just to talk” call me, lawyer Anthony N. Palumbo for experienced criminal defense counsel. If your case is supported by evidence, you will be arrested and bail will be set.
If you have been arrested on marijuana charges, you may be eligible for the pretrial intervention program. If you successfully complete the program, your marijuana charges will be dismissed. Then we can apply for expungement to erase your criminal record.
If you lose your license, a lawyer at The Law Offices of Anthony N. Palumbo can request a hardship exemption, so that you can drive to work or chauffeur your children to day care and medical appointments. I frequently am able to avoid any loss of license!
Each side now prepares to go to trial. As your defense Lawyer, I review and assemble evidence and create a strong defense strategy.
Depending on the evidence, we may file a motion to dismiss or reduce all charges, plea bargain or go to court to seek acquittal.
- Public Park & Housing Charges
- Pre-Trial Intervention
- Growing Marijuana or Operating a Facility
- How the Prosecution Builds a Case to Obtain a Conviction for Marijuana Offense
- Conditional Discharge
- Marijuana Sale & Distribution
- Possession of Marijuana and Other Drugs
- Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia
- Marijuana Penalties & Fines