Princeton Township is one of the more affluent and sought after municipalities in all of New Jersey, let alone Mercer County. It is home to one of the Country’s most prestiges and recognizable universities, Princeton University. If that wasn’t desirable enough, it also has an extremely bustling downtown, which attracts people from all over the area. In order to help keep Princeton such a desirable location to not only live but to visit, law enforcement rigorously patrols the township. As a result, what starts out as a routine traffic stop can and tends to, lead to an increase in drug possession arrests. Some of the most common drug charges that we tend to see issued in and around the Princeton area include but are not limited to cocaine possession, MDMA possession, marijuana possession and possession of prescription drugs like Xanax, Adderral and Oxycontin. These are all extremely serious charges and as you will see below, the potential sentence if convicted for one of these offenses can have a crippling affect on your life.Read More
Hightstown, which is a small little borough nestled in the far eastern region of Mercer County, sure does see its fair share drug related arrests, especially considering its home to less than 6,000 people. Some of the most common drug related offenses issued in Hightstown include but is not limited to possession of marijuana under 50 grams, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of THC Vape Pens. A conviction for a drug related offense can and almost certainly will have a devastating impact on one’s life moving forward. A conviction could not only lead to incarceration but high fines, probation, court mandated drug rehabilitation treatment, a license suspension and community service. If you unfortunately been arrested and charged with a drug offense in Hightstown, it imperative that you speak to an attorney as soon as possible about your options. Understanding your options, including potential defenses and the specific consequences if convicted is crucial to mounting a successful defense. If you would like to set up a free initial consultation with one of the Mercer County criminal defense attorneys at Proetta & Oliver please do not hesitate to contact our Hamilton office at 609-789-0779. One of our lawyers would be glad to discuss the specifics of your case and formulate a game plan that works best to suit your needs.Read More
Are Vape Pens Illegal in New Jersey?
Vape pens in and of themselves as well as “vaping” is not illegal in New Jersey. With that being said, if the vape pen and/or E-Cigarette is altered and filled with a THC Oil or any other controlled dangerous substance (CDS) for that matter, it will become an illegal product and anyone caught possessing and/or distributing them will be facing serious criminal charges. An individual caught possessing a vape pen filled with THC oil can be charged under one of two statutes: the first being N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(4), which is a disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor) or they can be charged under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5.3, which is an indictable offense (felony). If you or a loved one has been charged with possession and/or distribution of a vape pen in Mercer County, we strongly urge that you contact an experienced defense attorney to understand your options. Contrary to what the general public’s perception is of marijuana and the legality of it, to date it is still a controlled dangerous substance and one that prosecutor’s still take very seriously. If you have unfortunately found yourself in this type of situation and would like to speak to one of our Mercer County drug possession defense attorneys about your options, please contact our Hamilton office at 609-789-0779.Read More
According to the Trentonian, a serving of a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) in Ewing Township leads to what officers are claiming was a major drug operation being run by a retired correction officer. Based on the reports, prior to serving the TRO the officers were made aware of the fact that the Defendant was the owner of a Smith & Wesson handgun as well as a firearm identification card. When a TRO is issued all firearms, including firearms identifications cards must be seized. The reports indicate that upon seizing the weapon the officers observed in “plain sight” what they allege were obvious signs of a drug operation. Read More
The Trentonian has reported that the Trenton police officer have arrested and charged an eighteen year old twice within a twenty-six hour period for possessing heroin. The first arrested occurred when detectives from the Street Crime Units observed the motor vehicle in which the Defendant was a passenger in commit a motor vehicle infraction near Market Street. Based on the smell of marijuana emanating from inside the vehicle, a search was conducted which revealed that the Defendant was in possession of four grams of marijuana, 65 glassines of heroin and over $300 in cash. The Defendant was placed under arrest, taken down to the station and released upon a summons to appear in court for his central judicial processing hearing that evening. The very next evening the Defendant was again a passenger in a motor vehicle that was stopped for an alleged motor vehicle infraction near South Broad and Liberty Street in Trenton. Just like in the first case, the officers conducted a motor vehicle stop based on the “smell of marijuana” and again it was discovered that the Defendant was in possession of 15 glassines of heroin. In addition to the possession of heroin charge the Defendant was also placed charged with obstruction of the administration of justice. It is unclear at this point in time whether or not any marijuana was actually located during the Defendant’s second arrest. If no marijuana was found it could open the door to a potential unlawful search. For more information on what satisfies as probable cause to conduct a warrantless search in New Jersey, please click the link.Read More
The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office announced this week that there was yet another rather large drug bust in the County, this time in Princeton. Following what is believed to have been a rather lengthy investigation, detectives uncovered that three individuals, two of whom are brothers, were operating a rather elaborate marijuana and acid distribution network within the area. According to the information that has been released at this point in time, it appears that the detectives were able to set up and conduct several undercover purchases from the defendants, including a first degree quantity of acid. Read More
One of the most crippling penalties associated with any drug charge conviction in New Jersey, outside of the potential jail sentence, is the mandatory loss of license. Pursuant to NJSA 2C:35-16, anyone convicted in New Jersey of drug offense, whether it be simple possession of marijuana all the way up to leader of a drug trafficking network will be facing a mandatory loss of their driving privileges unless court finds there are enough compelling circumstances warranting an exception. As you will see below, this loss of license must be not less than six (6) months but not more than two (2) years.Read More
The Hamilton Township Police Department is sending yet another strong message to those contemplating manufacturing and/or distributing controlled dangerous substances (drugs) within their borders. With the war on drugs continuing on in New Jersey, law enforcement throughout the State, including Hamilton Township is actively investigating and prosecuting those who are alleged to be involved with drugs in any fashion. If you or a loved one has been accused of possessing, distributing and/or manufacturing drugs liker heroin, cocaine, marijuana, Xanax, Oxycodone, MDMA or any other drug for that matter in Hamilton we strongly recommend that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free initial consultation today with one of the Mercer County criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Proetta & Oliver, please contact our Hamilton Office at 609-789-0779. As always, our initial consultations are free of costs, so if you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us.Read More
According to the Trentonian, the Defendant, a twenty-nine year old male from Trenton was arrested and charged with various different felonies following that authorities are claiming was a domestic dispute.
Another major drug bust for the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force. This time, they seized more than $60,000 in cash and $30,000 worth of narcotics while conducting a search warrant on a Trenton apartment. Read More