Freehold Drug Arrest Lawyer
A Freehold drug charge can change your life. Convictions of drug charges in New Jersey carry harsh consequences. These include jail, probation, fines, and driver’s license suspension. There are defenses to drug charges in New Jersey. If you have been charged with a drug offense in Freehold, call now to speak to a NJ drug charge lawyer.
Freehold Drug Charges
Freehold is the law enforcement center of Monmouth County. Freehold is small borough surrounded by Freehold Township. Despite its small size, Freehold is home to both the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office and the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department. The Freehold Township and Freehold Borough Police have jurisdiction over their respective township and borough.
Most drug charges in Freehold are for marijuana possession. Possession of marijuana is charged differently depending on the amount, the location, and the intent of the possessor. Possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana in Freehold is a disorderly persons offense. The charge is in violation of NJSA 2C:35-10(a)4. It is very common for this charge to be accompanied by a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Possession of drug paraphernalia is a charge commonly made along with possession of marijuana, cocaine and oxycontin. Cocaine, and sometimes oxycontin, can be snorted through straws and rolled up dollar bills. If police stop your car and observe a rolled up dollar bill in your console, this can be indicative of drug activity. Crack pipes and syringes are also classified as drug paraphernalia. I have even had cases where something as innocuous as a pen was charged as drug paraphernalia.
Possession of drug paraphernalia is a common charge in Freehold. The charge is governed by NJSA 2C:36. Possession of drug paraphernalia is punishable by up to 6 months jail and a $1,000 fine.
Possession of 50 grams of marijuana is a crime of the 4th degree. A fourth degree crime in New Jersey is punishable by up to 18 months in prison. If your jail sentence is more than 364 days, you cannot serve it in the Monmouth County jail but must be sent to a New Jersey State Prison.
Possession of prescription pills, cocaine or heroin in Freehold are crimes of the third degree. Crimes of the 3rd degree in New Jersey are punishable by up to 5 years in prison. For all drug convictions in New Jersey, there is a minimum 6 month driver’s license suspension. This applies for both adult and juvenile drug charges.
Freehold Criminal Court
In addition to the drug arrests that are made in Freehold Township and Freehold Borough, the Superior Court for Monmouth County is located in downtown Freehold. Therefore, all indictable drug charges that are filed by police in Monmouth County are prosecuted in Freehold. Some drug charges are not sent to the Superior Court but handled at the local municipal court level.
The Freehold Township Municipal Court has jurisdiction over disorderly persons drug offenses in the township. The Freehold Borough Municipal Court has jurisdiction over the same offenses that are committed in the Borough. If you are facing a drug charge in Freehold, call now to speak with a criminal defense attorney. My main office is in Freehold, and I regularly appear in all Freehold criminal courts.