Marijuana Charges Dismissed in Garfield, Bergen County NJ Thanks to the Tormey Law Firm
Marijuana Charge Attorneys Garfield NJ
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The drug charge defense lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm recently represented a client who was facing a misdemeanor (known as a disorderly persons offense) for possession of marijuana under 50 grams. As of today, marijuana is still illegal in New Jersey unless you have a valid medical card and have been prescribed the drug by a physician. In this case, our client was in possession of marijuana for recreational use and was charged under the criminal code. She was facing a permanent criminal charge on her record, up to a $1,000 fine, up to six (6) months in the Bergen County Jail, and a suspension of her driving privileges in New Jersey for six months to two years.
We received the initial discovery package which includes the police reports and video evidence. However, the State must send the marijuana to the State police lab for testing in order to prove that our client was in fact in possession of marijuana at the time of the arrest. After several months, the Judge agreed to sign an order stating that if the labs were not provided within 30 days that the lab results would be excluded. The labs taking so long is a violation of the defendant’s right to a speedy trial. The labs did not come in within that 30 day period and they were excluded by the Court. Without a positive lab report showing that the substance was in fact marijuana, the State can not prove the charge that the defendant was in fact in possession of under 50 grams of marijuana. The charges were completely dismissed.
Possession of Marijuana Charges in Garfield NJ
This was a great result for our client and the Tormey Law Firm LLC. If you or a loved one needs assistance with a drug charge in New Jersey, contact our offices anytime for immediate assistance at 201-556-1570. The initial consultation is always provided free of charge.