Asbury Park is without doubt the most drug plagued town in Monmouth County. Asbury Park Police make a high number of arrests for marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and other CDS. Some painkiller pill arrests like those for oxycontin are also made in Asbury Park. Drug paraphernalia charges are also common in Asbury Park. A Monmouth County criminal defense attorney can help defend against these Asbury Park drug charges.
If you have been stopped, searched, or arrested in Asbury Park, call to speak with a lawyer immediately. We will obtain the police reports and all discovery in your case right away to see if the search can be challenged. Police searches are challenged in court by your attorney filing what is known as a motion to suppress evidence. I defend both adult and Asbury Park juvenile charges.
In addition to Asbury Park police, New Jersey State Police and the FBI are very active in the city. New Jersey State Police assist many cities in New Jersey combat drug trafficking, mostly by conducting controlled buys and surveillance. FBI agents also operate in Asbury Park and other cities, mostly limited to investigating organized criminal activity like large-scale drug operations.
A recent study just released showed that heroin is the most widely used drug in Monmouth County. While its hard to believe that heroin has displaced marijuana as the most popular drug, there is no denying that both Monmouth and Ocean County law enforcement have a serious challenge in combating the heroin trade. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office has an Asbury Park located at 10 Main Street, Asbury Park, NJ 07712-6520. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s also takes a very proactive role in making Asbury Park drug arrests.
A lot of heroin is trafficked through Asbury Park, which serves as something of a hub for drug distribution in Monmouth County. Route 71 (Main Street) sees a large amount of Asbury Park drug arrests. The southwestern section of the city has seen a huge uptick in violence lately. Most inner city murders in New Jersey are committed in relation to drug distribution. The drug trade is extremely profitable, and violence between rival dealers and gangs is quite common in Asbury Park.
Possession of marijuana in Asbury Park is an amount less than fifty grams is a disorderly persons offense. Disorderly persons offenses in New Jersey are all punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Possession of drug paraphernalia is also a disorderly persons offense. Possession of cocaine, heroin, CDS, pills and ecstasy are all usually third degree offenses, subjecting you to 3-5 years in prison. In addition, all drug offenses in New Jersey carry a minimum 6 month driver’s license suspension.
There are challenges to New Jersey drug arrests. Most of these must be made before trial. These include asking the court to throw out your statement or confession. Your attorney may ask the state to disclose the identity of a confidential informant and divulge any exculpatory evidence. The search of your person or car may also be challenged. The best move after you have been arrested for an Asbury Park drug charge is to hire a good defense lawyer right away.