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Howell Marijuana and Paraphernalia Arrest Defense

28
Feb
2011

by in Drug Defense

Howell Police and New Jersey State Police make a good amount of arrests for marijuana and drug paraphernalia in Howell Township. If you have been charged with any criminal offense in Howell Township, whether its marijuana possession, harassment, shoplifting or any other disorderly persons offense, call now to speak with a defense attorney familiar with the court.

Most Marijuana possession arrests in Howell Township occur after the defendant’s vehicle is stopped for a traffic violation such as speeding, tailgating and passing a school bus. Many of these stops take place on Route 9, 33 and I-195. Howell also lies on the corridor leading to Lakewood, which has a more serious gang and drug problem.

On occasion, it turns out that the individual who was stopped was driving on the revoked list with a suspended New Jersey driver’s license. This person may be arrested, and then searched incidental to the arrest. Any drugs or paraphernalia found will lead to new possession charges. Even if the person is not arrested for some other infraction, if the officer who stops the vehicle had a legitimate reason to do so, and then smells marijuana, the officer can ask for consent to search the vehicle. While you have the right to refuse, the officer can apply for a telephonic warrant. This often leads the suspect feeling he or she has no real choice. More often than not consent is given to the requesting officer.

Anyone charged with Possession of Marijuana or drug paraphernalia in Howell will be scheduled for a first appearance in the Howell Township Municipal Court. You should speak with an attorney before appearing to discuss your rights and legal options. Anyone convicted of possessing marijuana or paraphernalia in New Jersey is subject to a $1,000 fine, up to 6 months in jail, a minimum 6 month driver’s license suspension and other penalties.

Howell drug charges are made against both adults and juveniles in the township. Call now to speak with a NJ drug charge lawyer.

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