Edison Township Police make a large amount of arrests for Marijuana and drug paraphernalia. These are New Jersey “disorderly persons” charges, not felonies. A conviction for either charge carries up to six months in jail and a 1,000 fine. Additional statutory fees and court costs will also be imposed. Each charge also carries a mandatory minimum six month license suspension. A judge can also sentence you to probation.
Edison Police are well-trained to smell both the odor of raw and burnt marijuana. Many arrests for drug and paraphernalia, especially marijuana occur after police stop vehicles along the many roads and highways that pass through Edison. A lot of traffic stops are made on Route 287 and Route 27 through Edison.
In order to make a lawful stop, an officer needs to have “reasonable suspicion” that the driver broke the law. If an officer pulls you over in Edison for a traffic violation, best to be polite and cooperative. However, you have the right to remain silent and should not incriminate yourself. If an Edison police officer stops you and smells marijuana, they will ask for consent to search the vehicle. While many individuals in this situation may feel compelled to grant consent to search, doing so many seriously damage your case.
If you have been charged with marijuana, paraphernalia, or drug possession in Edison. You will likely receive a summons to appear in the Edison Municipal Court for a first appearance. Before attending, call an experienced 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.