East Windsor Police, along with the State Troopers, make a lot of arrests for Marijuana possession, drug possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia. If you have been charged with any of these offenses in East Windsor, you will be scheduled for a first appearance in the East Windsor Municipal Court. Before attending this hearing, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney familiar with the court to discuss how the charges can be defended.
Possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia are New Jersey disorderly persons offenses. These charges subject you to six months in jail and a 1,000 dollar fine. You must also forfeit your driver’s license for a minimum of six months.
Drug arrests in East Windsor abound, largely because of the many busy roads and highways in the township. Route 33, Route 130 and the New Jersey Turnpike all traverse East Windsor. These highways result in a substantial amount of traffic violations. Such violations include improper passing and driving while license revoked.
If an East Windsor or New Jersey State Police officer stops your vehicle and smells marijuana, they will ask to search your vehicle. Any contraband found in the car may be used to charge you with a drug or weapons offense. There may be defenses to the charges.
For example, we might argue that the officer did not have a valid reason to stop your car. Or, the officer may have not had probable cause to ask for consent to search the vehicle. There are other arguments that can be made to challenge the search of the vehicle, but all depend on the particular facts of the case. Police in New Jersey generally need a warrant to search a vehicle unless an exception to the warrant requirement applies.