A fair amount of drug arrests are made in Manchester Township. Manchester Police and New Jersey State Police patrol Manchester, actively investigating drug distribution and possession. The majority of these arrests are made for marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia possession. Pharmaceutical pills found without a prescription also lead to a lot of these charges in Manchester.
Manchester Township is located in northern Ocean County, New Jersey. The judge in Manchester is the Honorable Daniel Sahin, J.M.C. The prosecutors are Valter Must, Esq. Robert Rothstein, Esq., and Michael Burns, Esq. If you are charged with a drug charge in Manchester Township, you will have to appear for an arraignment/first appearance before Judge Sahin in the Manchester Township Municipal Court. If you are represented by an attorney, your appearance may be waived. It is therefore important to contact a criminal defense attorney before attending the first appearance.
There may be valid defenses to the drug charge. For example, if the police pulled you over, but not for a valid reason, the stop can be challenged. Or, if there was no probable cause to ask for consent to search the vehicle, the consent may be nullified. Other defenses may exist depending on the facts of the case. Anyone convicted of a disorderly persons drug offense in New Jersey may be subject to up to six months in jail and substantial fines. You may also lose your driver’s license for a minimum of six months.
A charge of possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana can lead to felony charges. Possession of cocaine or heroin or pills such as Oxycontin usually leads to felony charges as well.