Princeton Police make a significant amount of arrests for possession of marijuana, drugs, drug paraphernalia and other controlled dangerous substance (CDS) possession. This is partly because of Princeton Townships roads and highways. Routes 27, 1 and 206 all traverse the Township. These roads bring in tons of traffic tickets, which often lead to searches and seizures of drugs.
Princeton Township is located in eastern Mercer County, New Jersey. Princeton Township has its own municipal court. Princeton Borough also has a Municipal Court, leading to confusion as to where one has to go for their court appearance. These New Jersey Municipal Courts have jurisdiction over traffic tickets, DWI, DUI, Drunk Driving, and criminal matters such as harassment,assault, and drug charges.
After stopping a car over for a traffic violation such as speeding, tailgating, or passing a school bus, police will obviously approach the driver and ask for his or her credentials. Princeton police are well-trained to smell both raw and burnt marijuana. If, during a lawful stop, police smell the odor or marijuana, they may ask the driver for consent to search the vehicle. If the police see drugs, weapons, or contraband in plain view, this may also cause them to search the vehicle.
These searches can be challenged by an experienced criminal defense attorney. Before appearing in Princeton court by yourself, you should find out what your rights are and what penalties you may be facing. Being convicted of a drug offense in New Jersey carries serious consequences such as jail, probation, fines, driver’s license suspension and a criminal record.