Lakewood Police probably make more drug arrests that any other town in Ocean County, New Jersey. Most Lakewood arrests are for marijuana possession, heroin possession and possession of cocaine and other CDS. If you have been arrested in Lakewood for a drug charge, I can help. Call now to speak with a NJ drug charge lawyer.
While most drug arrests in Lakewood are made of adults, minors are also taken into custody for NJ juvenile drug charges. If you are caught with less than 50 grams of marijuana in Lakewood, or in possession of drug paraphernalia, your case will be heard in the Lakewood Municipal Court. For any indictable drug charge, like possession of CD in Lakewood, your case will be sent to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
In the last few years, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office has been remanding a large number of simple possession cases. However, in cases where an intent to distribute is alleged, the prosecutor’s office may be more inclined to keep the case. Cases that are remanded by the prosecutor’s office will be sent for adjudication to the Lakewood Municipal Court.
If your case is kept by the prosecutor’s office, this means that the charges against you are going to be prosecuted as felonies. In New Jersey, we do not use the term “felony”. Rather, we refer to what other states call felonies as either “crimes” or “indictable” offenses. If the prosecutor’s office keeps your case, they will either schedule the matter for a pre-indictment conference or send it for a Grand Jury Presentment.
Retaining an attorney at the earliest possible juncture is key. The sooner I can get involved in case, the sooner I can advise you and communicate with the police and prosecutors. On the most overlooked aspects of criminal defense is the ability to help clients before they are even charged or indicted. If you are facing a Lakewood drug charge, call to speak with a Lakewood drug charge lawyer.