Former Prosecutors At Our Flemington Defense Firm Are Ready To Defend Your Distribution of Marijuana In Flemington, Lambertville, Raritan Township, Readington, Clinton Or Elsewhere in Hunterdon County
It is totally illegal to distribute any quantity of marijuana anywhere in Hunterdon County. You face stiff penalties if you are caught selling or even possessing marijuana with intent to distribute. It is therefore extremely important that you do your very best to avoid a conviction if you have been charged with this offense. Selecting a lawyer who is proficient in defending marijuana distribution cases at the Hunterdon County Superior Court in Flemington can go a long way to ensuring that you achieve a positive result to this charge.
We are the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, a team of criminal attorneys that is one of the largest in the state. The lawyers at the firm include veteran litigators, most of whom are former prosecutors, that have defended countless trafficking and distribution cases over their 200 plus years in practice. They know what it takes to effectively represent someone arrested for distribution of marijuana and are ready to invest their time and knowledge so that you achieve a favorable outcome.
You can contact our Flemington Office at 908-824-0855 for a free initial consultation with an attorney anytime 24/7.
If you received a criminal charge for distributing marijuana in Clinton, Flemington, Tewksbury, Readington, Union Township, Lambertville, Raritan Township, Lebanon, East Amwell, Alexandria or elsewhere in Hunterdon County, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall are ready to help you.
How Does The Prosecutor Prove A Marijuana Distribution Offense?
A charge for distribution of marijuana arises out of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5. This statute makes it a crime to sell, distribute or possess marijuana with intent to distribute. The prosecutors must prove, beyond reasonable doubt, that you: (1) sold, distributed or possessed a substance with the intention of distributing it; (2) the item was marijuana; and (3) your conduct was knowing.
What Are The Penalties For Distributing Marijuana?
Distribution of marijuana can result in a crime of the fourth degree, third degree, second degree or even first degree. Where conduct falls within this grading hinges on the quantity of marijuana being sold or distributed. When the quantity is twenty-five (25) pounds or more, 2C:35-5 makes the offense a first degree crime and exposes the accused to 10-20 years in prison. Distribution of at least five (5) pounds but less than twenty-five (25) pounds is a second degree crime that carries 5-10 years in prison. When the amount is at least an ounce but less than five (5) pounds, it is a third degree crime that results in up to 5 years in prison. Possession with intent to distribute less than an ounce of marijuana is a fourth degree crime that triggers a prison sentence of up to 18 months.
Are There Additional Consequences If The Conduct Occurs In A School Zone Or Within 500 Feet Of A Public Park Or Housing Project?
Yes. Additional penalties are triggered under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7 and 2C:35-7.1 when marijuana distribution occurs in these protected zones.
Can Someone Secure Bail Following An Arrest For Selling Marijuana?
As a general rule, there is no bail as a condition for pretrial release. Whether someone is released following their arrest on a warrant complaint depends on the results of their public safety assessment. If their scores translates into a recommendation for detention, they may be held until conclusion of their trial.
Does Pretrial Intervention Allow Someone To Avoid A Record For Distributing Marijuana?
Pretrial Intervention, also known as PTI, allows a first time offender to avoid a conviction for a fourth-degree or third-degree crime, including distribution of marijuana. Successful completion of this diversionary program generally requires one year of probation.
Distribution of Marijuana Lawyers in Flemington New Jersey
A felony criminal charge like marijuana distribution can cause devastation if it isn’t handled properly. An attorney who is accomplished in defending CDS offenses can provide significant dividends when it comes to avoiding the negative consequences of a distribution conviction. The lawyers at our firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, are prepared to utilize their decades of experience handling marijuana cases to your advantage. If you would like to speak to a lawyer at the firm in a free consultation, call 908-824-0855.
The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall defends clients charged with distributing or selling marijuana in Hunterdon County, including those arrested in Flemington, Lambertville, Clinton, Union, Raritan Township, Tewksbury, Readington, Union Township, Lebanon, Holland, Kingwood, East Amwell, Glen Gardner and other local towns.