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Long Branch Drug Charge Lawyer

27
Jun
2011

by in Drug Defense

Long Branch police make a ton of drug possession arrests. In addition to the Long Branch Police, the New Jersey State Police and even the FBI are active in the city. Call any time to speak with a Long Branch drug arrest lawyer.

Long Branch has undergone something of a renaissance in the last ten years. However, the addition of Pier Village and exclusive apartments lining the coast have not brought a decline in drug arrests in Long Branch. Most drug arrests in Long Branch are for marijuana possession, cocaine and prescription pills. Arrests for ecstasy and heroin are also made on a regular basis.

Long Branch CDS charges usually occur after either a traffic stop or a street encounter. If police have reasonable suspicion to stop your car for a traffic ticket, they do not automatically have the right to search you or your vehicle. However, police may ask you to step out of the vehicle and pat you down to check for weapons.

While checking for weapons, the officer may feel what he or she immediately knows to be drugs. While it is difficult to believe that many of these searches are valid, they often survive a suppression motion. A suppression motion is the legal filing that enables you to challenge a police search of your home, car, or person.

Street encounters with police are also common in Long Branch. Most of these occur off Broadway and in the Pier Village area. Garfield Park has also seen a ton of drug activity and arrests in the past. If a police officer approaches a suspect on the street, the suspect does not have to answer any questions. Case law suggests that even if the suspect takes off running, police do not generally have the right to arrest and search the person without probable cause.

If you are charged with possession of marijuana or drug paraphernalia in Long Branch, your case will be sent to the Long Branch Municipal Court. The Long Branch Municipal Court is located at 279 Broadway # 1, Long Branch, NJ 07740-6961. The phone number is (732) 571-6500. If you are charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana or drug paraphernalia, you will likely be processed at the Long Branch Police station and released with a complaint and court date. You have the right to remain silent during your processing and should not make any incriminating statements.

Possession of Marijuana and drug paraphernalia in Long Branch are disorderly persons offenses. A disorderly persons offense in New Jersey carries up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. For possession of marijuana in an amount less than 50 grams, you must also pay a $500 DEDR penalty, $75 SS and $50 VCCB penalty, and $33 court costs.

Your summons or complaint the police give you will have a court date entered. This hearing will be your arraignment. At your arraignment, the judge will read the charges to you and advise you of your rights. You have the right to remain silent at your arraignment and should not make any statements other than “not-guilty.” Better yet, simply hire a Long Branch criminal defense attorney and let us do the talking.

If we are retained before your arraignment we can usually have your first appearance waived. Hiring an attorney is the first step in fighting your Long Branch CDS charge. We will contact the Long Branch court, enter a not-guilty plea for you, waive your arraignment, demand all discovery (evidence) and a speedy trial.

We will review the evidence with you and see if there may be a way to attack the search. The evidence will usually include the arrest report, incident report, video, and the results of the lab testing of any drugs that were found. The lab report usually takes at least a month to be delivered to us from the police. Local police departments in New Jersey do not conduct laboratory testing. Suspected CDS is sent to a State Police lab for analysis. The Sea Girt lab services the Long Branch Police Department.

If you have been charged with a CDS offense or were arrested in Long Branch, we can help. Call now to speak with a New Jersey drug charge lawyer.

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