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Drug Possession Lawyers in Lawrence NJ
Being handcuffed, arrested and charged with a drug offense can be extremely nerve wracking, especially if you are young . Not knowing where or even who to turn to for advice only adds to the stress. The attorneys at Proetta & Oliver are experienced Mercer County drug possession defense lawyers. Our attorneys have been defending those accused of possessing marijuana, cocaine, heroin, Molly and prescription drugs like Oxycontin in Lawrenceville, New Jersey for years now. As you will see below, regardless of whether you have been charged with possessing a small amount of marijuana or an ounce of cocaine, the penalties for anyone convicted of a drug offense in New Jersey are severe. The type of the drug possessed will dictate not only the potential penalties that an individual is facing but also where there matter will be heard.
How Can an Attorney Help with a Drug Charge in Lawrence NJ?
So whether you are a college student at Rider University who got caught possessing a few grams of marijuana or businessman who got caught possessing a gram of cocaine, we can help. Our Lawrence drug possession defense lawyers are well aware that no two cases let alone no two clients are the same. We are dedicated to working with our clients to formulate a game plan that works best to achieve their desirable results. Whether that be filing a motion to suppress the evidence seized, filing a Miranda motion to suppress any inculpatory statements made, a trial or negotiate a plea, our attorneys can assist. If you would like to speak one on one with at attorney from Proetta & Oliver then please contact us directly at (609) 789-0779 or email us. Unlike what tends to occur at some of the larger firms, your file will not just be handed off an associate that is free to handle the matter that particular day. At our firm, we feel that regardless of the nature of your charges, your file deserves continuity and should not be shuffled between different attorneys. Mr. Oliver, one of the firms founding partners, personally handles all matters that arise in Lawrence. We also understand that these types of offenses occur at all hours of the day and as such, we try to make ourselves available around the clock to help assist in anyway that we can. Now here is some more information on drug charges in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
Where do I need to go to Court for a Drug Charge in Lawrence NJ?
As touched upon earlier, the type of drug in question will dictate where the case will be litigated. For example, if a Defendant is charged with the possession of marijuana under 50 grams in Lawrenceville, New Jersey then the charges will be heard in the Lawrenceville Municipal Court, which is located at 2207 Lawrenceville Road. The Lawrenceville Municipal Court will have jurisdiction over all disorderly persons offenses (misdemeanor) that occur within the township. Conversely, a Defendant caught possessing just about every other drug, including cocaine, heroin, MDM, Ecstasy, LSD, Mushrooms, Xanax or Roxy’s charges will be litigated in the Mercer County Superior Courthouse which is located in Trenton. The Mercer County Superior Courthouse has original jurisdiction over all felony level drug charges that arise within the county. With that being said, it is possible that the felony level drug charges could be sent back to the Lawrenceville Municipal Court to be litigated. That happens if the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office decides to “downgrade” the felony charges. Some of the most common downgraded drug offenses heard in the Lawrenceville Municipal Court include possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to law dispose of a controlled dangerous substance and loitering for the purposes of obtaining a controlled dangerous substance. For more information on where and how to seek to have felony level drug offenses downgraded in Mercer County, please contact our office at (609) 789-0779.
Lawrenceville NJ Marijuana Attorney
If you have been arrested and charged with the possession of marijuana under 50 grams in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, it is crucial that you speak to an attorney as soon as possible about your options. There is a huge misconception out there that marijuana charges in New Jersey are not a big deal. Even though it’s “legal” or “decriminalized” in some of its neighboring states, marijuana is still illegal in New Jersey. In fact, not only is it illegal but these offenses tend to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law because most view marijuana as the “gateway” drug. Furthermore, it is one of only two offenses in New Jersey where plea bargaining is prohibited, the other being driving while intoxicated. Possession of marijuana under 50 grams is a disorderly persons offense, which is New Jersey’s version of a misdemeanor. If convicted, a Defendant would face the following penalties:
- Up to 6 Months in the Mercer County Jail;
- A Fine up to $1,000;
- Fees & Assessments ranging up to $800;
- A criminal record;
- Community service;
- Court ordered rehab;
- A license loss up to 6 months.
If you would like to speak to one of our Lawrenceville marijuana possession defense lawyers on staff at Proetta & Oliver, then please contact us at (609) 789-0779. This offense is not something to take lightly.
Cocaine Defense Attorneys in Lawrence NJ
If you have been arrested and charged with the possession of heroin, the possession of cocaine, the possession of MDMA or the possession of Mushrooms in Lawrenceville Township then the charges will be transferred to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office for review. If the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office retains jurisdiction over the charges then the Defendant will be facing third degree felony drug charges. That is regardless of the quantity of the drug possessed. A Defendant charged with a third degree felony drug charge in New Jersey is facing the following penalties:
- 3 to 5 years in a State Prison;
- A Fine up to $35,000;
- Fees & Assessments ranging up to $1,000;
- A felony criminal record;
- Community service;
- Court ordered rehab;
- A license loss up to 6 months.
With that being said, an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney can seek to convince the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office to remand the felony level drug charges back to the Lawrenceville Municipal Court. If that is the case, a Defendant will go from facing the above referenced penalties to facing the same penalties as the disorderly persons offense marijuana charges (See Above). If you would like to speak with Mr. Oliver or one of the other attorneys on staff then please contact us at (609) 789-0779.
Lawrenceville NJ Marijuana Possession Lawyer
Drug charges in New Jersey are not something that should be taken lightly. If you are facing a drug charge in Lawrence Township it is crucial that you speak to not only an experienced Lawrence drug possession defense lawyer but an experienced Lawrence Municipal Court defense lawyer. An experienced Lawrence Municipal Court defense lawyer can make a tremendous difference when it comes to defending these types of charges. Knowing the ins and outs of a particular court can be of a tremendous benefit. If you would like to come in and sit down with one of our attorneys about your options then please contact us at (609) 789-0779. If you choose Proetta & Oliver, then your case will be personally assigned to one of our attorneys, who will work close with you to help assure the best possible result.