Hunterdon County Marijuana Distribution Lawyers
Although much has changed in US marijuana legislation, is still illegal to distribute any amount of marijuana anywhere in Hunterdon County. You face harsh penalties if you get caught selling or even possessing marijuana with intent to distribute. It is therefore extremely important that you do your all you can to avoid being convicted if you have been charged with this offense. Working with a lawyer who is experienced in defending marijuana distribution cases in the Hunterdon County Superior Court in Flemington can be just the thing you need to ensure that you achieve a positive outcome.
How Would A Prosecutor Prove A Marijuana Distribution Charge?
A charge of distribution of marijuana comes from N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5. This statute says that it’s a crime to sell, distribute or be in possession of marijuana with intent to distribute it. The prosecutors needs to demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt that you:
- sold, distributed or were in possession of a substance with the intention of distributing it;
- the substance was marijuana; and
- your conduct was knowing.
What Penalties Are There For Distributing Marijuana?
Distribution of marijuana can be prosecuted as a crime of the fourth, third, second or even first degree. Conduct falling within this grading depends on the quantity of marijuana being sold or distributed. For twenty-five (25) pounds or more, the offense is a first degree crime carrying 10-20 years in prison. At least five (5) pounds but less than twenty-five (25) pounds is a second degree charge that can get you 5-10 years inside. With at least an ounce but less than five (5) pounds, it’s a third degree crime. The sentence can be up to 5 years in prison for this. Possession with intent to distribute less than one ounce is a fourth degree crime that gets a prison sentence of 18 months or less.
What Further Repercussions Will I Face If It Happens In A School Zone Or Within 500 Feet Of A Public Park Or Housing Project?
Indeed, additional penalties are mandated under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7 and 2C:35-7.1 when marijuana distribution is conducted in these protected zones.
Can I Secure Bail After An Arrest For Selling Marijuana?
In general, there is no bail as a condition for pretrial release. Whether a person is released following their arrest on a warrant complaint depends on the outcome of their public safety assessment. If the scores indicates a recommendation for detention, they can be held until the conclusion of a trial.
What About Pretrial Intervention For Distributing Marijuana?
The Pretrial Intervention Program, also known as PTI, gives a first time offender a chance to avoid conviction for a fourth or third-degree marijuana charge. Successful completion of this diversionary program usually requires the person to complete one year of probation.
Distribution of Marijuana Defense Attorney in Flemington, NJ
The felony criminal charge of marijuana distribution can inflict devastation on your life if it isn’t handled skillfully. An investment in an attorney who has experience and skills in defending CDS offenses can return significant dividends when it comes to evading the negative consequences of a marijuana distribution conviction. The lawyers at Spodek Law Group are prepared to bring their decades of experience handling marijuana cases to the table. To speak to a lawyer at the firm for your free consultation, give us a call today.
Spodek Law Group defends clients charged with distributing or selling marijuana in Hunterdon County, including people who were arrested in Flemington, Lambertville, Clinton, Raritan Township, Tewksbury, Readington, Union Township, Lebanon, East Amwell, Glen Gardner and other local municipalities.