Have You Been Arrested For Possession Of A Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS)?
If a police officer pulls you over in Manchester and spots a joint in the ashtray they could charge you with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) as well as a possible DWI. In Ocean County possession of marijuana is a disorderly person office that is heard in a municipal court only if you possess less than 50 grams of the drugs. So in the scenario above your court case would be heard in the municipal court house in Manchester. For those in possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana or other drugs you may be facing additional charges depending on the type of drugs found, the quantity of drug, and what you intended to do with the drugs. These factors will determine the charges and penalties you could be facing. For large quantities of CDS you could be charged with possession and distribution. If your charges have been elevated to an indictable offense than your cases would be heard at the Superior Court in Toms River.It is pretty obvious if a police officer finds drugs on your person you will be charged with possession. But what many people may not be aware of is that if you are found in a room or car with drugs in it you could also be charged with possession. For example, if you and your buddies are driving around Brick and you are pulled over by the police and they find drugs in your vehicle after conducting a lawful search you could be charged with possession even if the drugs do not belong to you. If no one in the car takes ownership for the drugs the driver and passengers may all be arrested for drug possession. You could also be charged with drug possession if an officer finds drugs in a room that you are in.
What is Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10)?
In New Jersey, the possession of an illegal narcotic is called Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10). New Jersey divides Controlled Substances into five Schedules. Heroin, marijuana and ecstasy are a few examples of schedule I drugs because they are believed to have a high probability to be abused. These drugs are believed to have no acceptable medical use. Schedules II, III, IV, and V decrease in danger and are less likely to be abused. Also, these other schedules believe that these drugs may have some type of medical use.
What Is A Diversionary Program In New Jersey?
Adult, first time drug offender who have been arrested and charged with possession may be eligible for Pretrial Intervention (PTI) or conditional discharge which are alternatives to traditional criminal justice proceedings. These programs are designed to rehabilitate defendants, while attempting to prevent that defendant from committing other future criminal acts. If the defendant successfully completes the program, all criminal charges will be dismissed.
When To Contact A Criminal Defense Lawyer
Our attorneys have been working with individuals from across Ocean County for over 20 years fight their possession charges. Speak with an experience criminal defense attorney at Villani & DeLuca, P.C. when you are facing
If you are facing Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance it may be time to discuss your case with the attorneys of Villani & DeLuca, P.C.. Our attorneys have worked in the numerous municipal courts throughout Lakewood, Lacey, Jackson and all surround towns. Call 732-800-7740 today for a FREE consultation.