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Monmouth County Marijuana Lawyer – Superior and Municipal Court

30
Mar
2011

by in Drug Defense

If you have been arrested for possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana in Monmouth County, New Jersey, you face six months in jail, a $1,000 fine, a $500 DEDR penalty, $75 safe streets assessment, $50 VCCB penalty and $33 court costs. In addition, there is a minimum driver’s license suspension for six months for any drug offense in New Jersey, including possession of marijuana or drug paraphernalia. More than 50 grams exposes you to a felony conviction.

If you have been charged in any Monmouth County town with possession of marijuana or other drug offense, you will probably be scheduled for a first appearance in that town’s municipal court. Or your case could be sent to the Superior Court – Criminal Part. Contact a Monmouth County Drug Arrest Lawyer for a free consultation before appearing in court.

Possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana or being under the influence of marijuana is classified not as a felony, or “crime” under New Jersey Law. Rather, it is a disorderly persons offense, which are punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. A conviction of more than 50 grams or marijuana is punishable by up to 18 month in jail and a fine of up to $25,000. A charge of possession within 1,000 feet of a school adds an another 100 hours or more of community service to the sentence.

Manufacturing or distributing less than a single ounce of marijuana can be punished by up to 18 months in jail and a fine of $10,000. If you are caught distributing one ounce or more, it is a third degree indictable, which penalty increases to 3 – 5 years in prison and a fine up to $25,000. Manufacture or sale of five pounds or more or cultivation of 10 – 50 plants is punishable by 5 – 10 years in prison and a fine up to $150,000. For amounts of 25 pounds or greater, or cultivation of greater than 50 plants, the penalties increase to 10 – 20 years in prison and a fine up to $300,000.

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