Defendant Caught with More Than a Pound of Marijuana Accepted into PTI

Image result for marijuana poundMr. Oliver has just finished defending a client that was charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of mushrooms and possession of drug paraphernalia. Like almost all other drug related charges in New Jersey, the charges arise out of a motor vehicle stop in which the Defendant was alleged to have failed to maintain his lane. The Defendant and his passenger were almost immediately removed from the vehicle because the officers asserted there was an overwhelming smell of marijuana emanating from inside the vehicle. A subsequent search of the Defendant’s motor vehicle was conduct and more than a pound of marijuana, less than a half ounce of mushrooms and digital scales were located in the trunk. In addition, more than $6,000 in cash was located as well. The Defendant and his passenger were both placed under arrest and charged with various drug offenses. The charge of greatest concern for us was the possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. They were charged with a third degree felony because the marijuana was over a half ounce but less than five pounds. So, the Defendants were facing up to five (5) years in a State prison, a fine up to $35,000, a felony criminal record and a potential six month loss of license on the marijuana charges alone. Read More