East Brunswick Police conduct a lot of Marijuana and drug paraphernalia arrests in the Township. Both of these charges are New Jersey “disorderly persons” offenses. They are criminal charges, but not felonies. A conviction for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana or drug paraphernalia is punishable by up to six months imprisonment and up to a 1,000 fine. Other financial and court costs can also be imposed. These charges also carry a mandatory minimum six month license suspension. Probation with random drug testing can also be imposed.
East Brunswick police officers know how to detect the odor of raw and burnt marijuana. Most arrests for marijuana possession are made when the police conduct motor vehicle stops on the very busy roads and highways that traverse East Brunswick. Many of these traffic stops are made on Route 18 and the New Jersey Turnpike. East Brunswick is in central Middlesex County.
In order for a police officer to pull your car over, he or she must have “reasonable suspicion” that you violated a criminal or motor vehicle offense. If you are confronted by police after being stopped, you should present your credentials and remain calm. Under no circumstances however should you make any statements which may incriminate you.
If you have been charged with marijuana, paraphernalia, or drug possession in East Brunswick. You will likely receive a summons to appear in the East Brunswick Municipal Court for a first appearance. Before appearing, you should speak to an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney to discuss how your case can be defended. It may be possible to have the charges diverted, or dismissed because of a illegal search.