Our criminal defense lawyers defend clients who have been arrested for marijuana possession and intent to distribute marijuana in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Bloomfield has some of the highest marijuana related crimes in Essex County. This is primarily due to the high number of traffic stops in the township from a combination of New Jersey State Troopers, Bloomfield Police, and Essex County Sheriffs. A large portion of marijuana arrests are the result of police searches after traffic stops. Once an officer approaches the car and smells marijuana, they will typically detain the driver and any passengers while they attempt to get a consent to search or a search warrant from a judge.Then any contraband that is found as a result of that search can be used against you even if it is not marijuana.
If the cops find a small amount of marijuana such as a blunt or a few bags then you will normally be charged with Possession of Marijuana under 50 Grams which is a disorderly persons offense. Disorderly persons offenses are punishable by up to 6 months in county jail and are handled in the Bloomfield Municipal Court. However, if you are charged with Distribution of Marijuana then it is an indictable crime and you be required to appear in Essex County Superior Court. The degree of the distribution charge will depend on how much marijuana the cops confiscate. For instance, possession of more than ounce but less than 5 pounds of marijuana will typically lead to a third degree indictable charge punishable by 3 – 5 years in state prison. As evidenced by the above sentences, marijuana charges can be serious and complicated. An experienced criminal defense attorney can often challenge the State’s case against you to secure a downgrade, admittance into a diversion program or even a dismissal altogether. If you would like to learn more about how we may be able to help you, contact our office today for a free consultation with an experienced attorney how can answer your questions and address the issues in your case.