Paramus Drug Possession Defense Lawyers
Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia Charges Paramus Court NJ
Drug charges can take many forms in Paramus and throughout New Jersey, from minor offenses to the most extreme instances of suspected drug trafficking and distribution. And when it comes to allegations involving drugs, the nature of the offense matters. For instance, people charged with misdemeanors known as disorderly persons offenses will have their cases heard in Municipal Court. At the other end of the criminal legal spectrum, first degree felony crimes are handled in Superior Court, as are crimes of the third, second, and fourth degree.
Generally speaking, marijuana and drug paraphernalia cases are the most common drug charges handled in the local municipality’s court. While it may seem like a trivial infraction to you, a conviction on one of these charges could land you in jail, with a suspended license, and a criminal conviction that you have to carry around with you into every job interview for years to come. Fortunately, you can do something about it and may be able to avoid a conviction entirely. Our attorneys have extensive experience doing just that on behalf of clients arrested for drugs in Paramus and surrounding communities in Bergen County.
Sometimes, an actual case helps to demonstrate this more than anything else. For instance, in a great victory for our law firm, a client charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia recently had his charges dismissed. The client was charged after police observed him sleeping in his vehicle. They woke him up and began asking him questions, finally getting consent search his vehicle. During the search, police discovered several small bags of marijuana, a small bag of cocaine, and a pipe.
Under normal circumstances, this client would have been a perfect candidate for New Jersey’s Conditional Discharge program, which allows first-time offenders an opportunity to have their charges dismissed following successful completion of the program. However, due to a previous incident, our client did not qualify for that program. In this case, the only options were to fight the charges, plead guilty to an offense, or have the charges dismissed.
After a careful analysis of the facts of the case, the relative weakness of the State’s case, and the strength of its cases against several co-defendants, the Tormey Law Firm was able to successfully negotiate for the dismissal of our client’s charges entirely. This allowed our client to maintain his clean criminal record and avoid having a criminal conviction.
If convicted of the charges he was facing, our client could have been facing up to six months in jail, substantial fines, surcharges, and other penalties totaling more than $1,500 on each count. Additionally, he would have faced a mandatory suspension of his driver’s license for a period of six months to two years. In this case, that parade of consequences has been avoided by dismissal of all charges against our client.
Disorderly Persons Drug Charges in Paramus NJ, Need a Lawyer
Our Law Firm is an experienced trial team that regularly achieves outstanding results for its clients. Our aggressive team of attorneys zealously fights to defend our clients’ rights and liberties. If you or anyone you know has been charged with a drug offense in Paramus, New Jersey, protect yourself or your loved one right away by hiring a qualified team who has the experience and expertise to achieve the best possible outcome. Call the Law Firm in Bergen County anytime, day or night, for a free consultation at (201)-330-4979.