Toms River NJ Marijuana Lawyer

Despite the widespread belief that marijuana will be legalized and marijuana-related offenses will be decriminalized, New Jersey law enforcement continues to actively investigate and prosecute the crimes of distribution of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. If you or a loved one has been charged with marijuana distribution or possession with intent to distribute marijuana, you should understand that the potential penalties you face depend upon the quantity of marijuana involved and the location of the arrest. The consequences of a conviction of this crime include mandatory state prison, court ordered drug counseling, probation, loss of driving privileges, and thousands of dollars in fines. Stephen McGuckin has been aggressively representing clients charged with marijuana distribution and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute throughout Ocean, Monmouth and Middlesex County for years, including those matters arising out of New Brunswick, Toms River, Howell, Edison, Jackson, Freehold Township, Belmar, and East Brunswick. With locations along the Jersey Shore, you can reach McGuckin Law for a free consultation any time at 732.924.4200.

Wall NJ NJ Marijuana Distribution Lawyer

The fact that you were arrested for this serious charge does not mean that you are automatically guilty. There are a lot of steps that take place between your arrest and the ultimate disposition of your case in Monmouth, Ocean or Middlesex Superior Court. McGuckin Law will first look to the facts of the case to determine if there are constitutional issues associate with the traffic stop, automobile or home search and seizure, Miranda issues, or other factors in your investigation or arrest that may be suppressed. Next, we will look for potential procedural issues such as insufficient discovery, lab results, or chain of custody of the evidence involved with your case. Finally, we will work with the prosecution to determine an acceptable plea bargain to downgrade or diminish your exposure to jail time, or prepare to fight your case at trial. You will be given cell phone access to your attorney to ensure that you are kept informed and up to speed with your case throughout the entire process.

 Brick NJ Marijuana Distribution Penalties

For information on your potential marijuana distribution or possession with intent penalties, please refer to the chart below.

4th Degree Less than an ounce of marijuana Up to 18 months in state prison
3rd Degree More than an ounce but less than 5 pounds of marijuana Between 3 – 5 years in state prison
2nd Degree More than 5 lbs but less than 25 lbs of marijuana; 11 – 49 marijuana plants 5 – 10 years state prison with presumption of incarceration
1st Degree 25 lbs or more; 50 or more marijuana plants 10 – 20 years state prison with presumption of incarceration

The above penalties are enhanced in the event that the suspected activity occurred in a school zone or near a public park or public housing. Please follow the links if you are facing Distribution of Marijuana in a School Zone or within 500 feet of a Park or Public Housing. Additionally, for the NJ Marijuana statute in its entirety, click here.

 New Brunswick Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana Attorney

When you hire an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney to defend you against your charges, you put yourself in a more favorable position to have your charges downgraded, beat the charges, or avoid a criminal record by securing your admittance into Pre-Trial Intervention or Drug Court, which also results in the avoidance a state prison sentence. McGuckin Law is a local defense firm that is dedicated to those individuals facing criminal charges. Be proactive. Call McGuckin Law to discuss the facts of your case and build a customized case strategy. Contact us at (732) 924.4200 for a free consultation to get you on the path to the best possible result.

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