As one of New Jersey’s major hubs for state and county highways, Barnegat Township is one of Ocean County’s most prominent municipalities. Even with an impressive population of 20,936 residents and countless tourists throughout the year, the township has a relatively low crime rate compared to the rest of the state. However, drug offenses and violent assaults have increased within the past few years, occurring in unexpected locations, such as secluded areas off of Route 539.
Barnegat also has its fair share of domestic disturbances, which often lead to arrests for other offenses such as resisting arrest and obstruction of justice. With the recent heroin epidemic in Ocean County, police have also been finding large amounts of drugs in the course of their investigations. The heroin trade in normally safe communities such as Barnegat has been especially disturbing, with the most unexpected citizens being arrested for dealing drugs. On March 25, 2014, an 80-year old man was arrested along with two other suspects for several charges, including possession of heroin with the intent to distribute and wandering to obtain CDS (controlled dangerous substances). In response to such incidents, the Barnegat Police Department has become increasingly vigilant for any suspicious activities occurring within the township’s borders.
Fight Your Charges and a Permanent Criminal Record
However, suspicious behavior alone is not legal grounds for an arrest. There are also detailed, specific procedures that must be followed by the police in order to charge you with a crime. If you have been arrested for a criminal offense in Barnegat Township, it is essential that you have your case evaluated by a criminal defense attorney. Most defendants do not understand the seriousness of their charges, especially for seemingly minor offenses such as possession of marijuana, using a fake ID, or underage drinking. An experienced criminal attorney will remind you that even if you manage to avoid jail time and massive fines, you may still lose your driving privileges, be mandated to serve community service and possibly end up with a permanent criminal record. Considering that a criminal record will make it extremely difficult for you to find a job or a place to live, you must do everything you can to fight your charges.
Get Help from a Barnegat Township Municipal Court Lawyer
Please consider speaking to the knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys of Villani & DeLuca, P.C. about your case. Partner Carmine R. Villani, Esq. and Associate Timothy L. Horn, Esq., have over 30 combined years of experience in criminal defense. They can answer any questions pertaining to your charges, such as the possible penalties you may face upon conviction and the available defenses for fighting your charges. In addition to providing effective representation at criminal hearings, Mr. Villani and Mr. Horn can try to negotiate for reduced sentences or diversionary measures, such as pretrial intervention or a conditional discharge.
Keep in mind that the courts cannot offer you legal advice, as it is your own responsibility to obtain legal representation. Without extensive knowledge of New Jersey’s crime laws, you will not be able to put up an effective defense against the prosecution alone. Our lawyers will be happy to review your case and discuss all our criminal defense services in detail during a free, no-obligation consultation. Please call 732-820-1256 today to talk to a Barnegat lawyer.