Marlboro Drug Arrest
Marlboro NJ Police make arrests of both adults and juveniles for drug possession on a regular basis. Technically speaking, juveniles are not “arrested’ but rather “taken into custody.” If you or your child has been questioned or charged by Marlboro Police for a drug (CDS) charge, I can help. Call to speak with a New Jersey drug charge lawyer.
In recent years, prescription pills such as oxycontin, roxycodone and xanax have seen a huge surge in abuse by young people. These pills are widely available as pharmacists and even some doctors engage in a little extra-curriculuar sales activity. They are odorless and small, making them hard to detect. Nevertheless, Marlboro Police have become adept at identifying users and the different ways the pills are hidden and trafficked.
Some heroin and cocaine arrests are also made in Marlboro. However, the overwhelming majority of drug arrests in Marlboro are for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana. The specific statute that makes this illegal is NJSA 2C:35-10(a)4. This charge is frequently accompanied by the charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, in violation of NJSA 2C:36-2.
Both charges are disorderly persons offenses in New Jersey, not felonies. They are punishable by up to 6 months in jail, approximately $1,600 in total financial penalties, a minimum 6 month driver’s license suspension and the possibility of probation.
Those who use marijuana are often betrayed by the drugs strong smell. Marlboro police are well-trained to detect the odor of both raw and and burnt marijuana. Many of the marijuana arrests in marlboro are of young adults and Marlboro juvenile charges.
Marlboro Drug Charge Defense
Defending against a drug charge in Marlboro usually comes down to whether police conducted a valid search. If the search of your person or car was illegal, it may be possible to get the drugs “suppressed.” This is done through a motion to suppress evidence. This must be filed or any objection to the search will be waived. You can not argue this kind of issue at trial.
In fact, very few drug cases go to trial. Rather, most of the fighting is done in a drug case before trial in gathering evidence and filing motions. Typically, if the pre-trial motions are lost, there is very little to fight about at trial. There are also “diversionary” programs that may be available to you. These include the Conditional Discharge and PTI programs.
If you are charged with only a disorderly persons drug offense in Marlboro, your case will be heard in the Marlboro Municipal Court. The judge in the Marlboro Court is the Honorable James M. Newman, J.M.C. The prosecutor is Nicole Sonnenblick, Esq. The Court meets on Thursdays, but the court administrators office is open Monday through Friday.
Any indictable drug charge will be sent to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. If the prosecutor’s office decides to keep the case, it will be heard in the Monmouth County Superior Court. I represent clients on a regular basis in both courts. If you are facing a Marlboro drug charge, call now to speak with a drug arrest lawyer.