Marijuana Possession and Distribution Crime in Hackensack, NJ

The changing laws regarding the possession and use of marijuana in NJ may make you think that your marijuana charge is not a big deal, but nothing could be further from the truth. Depending on how much you allegedly possessed, were distributing or cultivating, you could still be looking at many years of incarceration on top of expensive fines. If you’ve recently been arrested or charged with a marijuana offense, you can expect to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The end result will depend heavily on the lawyer you choose for your criminal defense.

Unfortunately, many people choose to face these charges on their own or with the help of a public defender. These are highly inadvisable strategies that will severely undermine your ability to obtain a favorable verdict and/or sentence. Working with a time-tested and proven criminal defense attorney like Frank T. Luciano is the best way to ensure that your charges are reduced or dismissed and that you receive a favorable sentence. Mr. Luciano has defended clients in Hackensack, Paterson and Jersey City, NJ for over 40 years and is eager to help you and your family next.

You Could Be in More Trouble Than You Realize

There are a wide range of potential charges and penalties associated with marijuana possession, all of which depend on any prior convictions, the amount you were carrying and whether you were distributing or growing.

General Marijuana Possession Penalties

  • 50 grams or less: Up to 6 months in jail, a $1,000 fine and a license loss of up to 2 years
  • 1 ounce – 5 pounds: 3-5 years’ incarceration and up to $25,000 in fines
  • 5 pounds – 25 pounds: 5-10 years imprisonment and up to $150,000 in fines

Your penalties increase if your marijuana possession charge was within 1,000 feet of a school or a school bus and/or if you were distributing drugs to minors or pregnant women. Mandatory minimums apply in these types of cases, so no matter how minor your charge appears, you could still be facing some jail time and/or fines. If there were any property crimes or violent crimes involved, you will also face a steeper sentence in addition to more charges.

Explore Your Marijuana Crime Defense Options with Frank T. Luciano

Depending on the unique circumstances surrounding your situation, a lawyer may be able to reduce your charges or help you completely avoid any jail time. If you are a first-time offender caught with simple possession, you may be eligible for a conditional discharge, in which you are put on probation for a short period of time. If you successfully complete this probation and meet all of the requirements, your record will be wiped clean and you will have a new start.

Even if you’ve already used your initial conditional discharge, you may still be able to have your charges reduced so that you can avoid incarceration. Regardless of your situation, you owe it to yourself to contact Frank T. Luciano to review your criminal defense options. He will advise you on whether you should take your case to trial, if you’re eligible for a diversionary program or if you would be best suited to agree to a plea deal. Contact Mr. Luciano today at 973-471-0004 to get started.

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