Wood Ridge NJ Marijuana Lawyers
Bergen County Marijuana Attorneys with offices in Hackensack, New Jersey
The Tormey Law Firm recently represented a client charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. If convicted of either offense, he could face up to 6 months in the Bergen county jail and fines up to $1,000. The conviction would also be on his criminal record for a minimum of 3 years before he could petition the superior court to have the record expunged.
In these types of cases, a defendant may be eligible for a diversionary program that allows the charges to be dismissed after a successful term of probationary supervision. However, using such a program automatically makes a person ineligible for the same kind of program in the future should there ever be any new charges filed.
In this case, our client was eligible for that program, but certain issues with the case allowed attorney Christopher Perry to successfully argue that the case should be downgraded to a local ordinance violation rather than the more serious disorderly persons offenses. By getting the charges downgraded, Mr. Perry was able to avoid having any disorderly persons conviction on our client’s criminal record and keep open the possibility of using a diversionary program in the future, should he ever face similar charges again. Additionally, he did not have to serve any term of probationary supervision or jail.
While many attorneys would automatically have their clients apply to the conditional discharge program when facing these kinds of charges, the attorneys at The Tormey Law Firm take a stronger stance on these cases and fight to the end for the best possible outcome, not just the easiest. In this case, we were able to get a tremendous win for our client and for the firm, while preserving our client’s ability to take advantage of a diversionary program in the future should he ever face similar charges.
In light of the serious consequences facing anyone charged with drug offenses, it is vital that the attorney you hire make every possible effort to fight the case and obtain the very best outcome. Should you find yourself facing any criminal charges in New Jersey, you may be facing serious loss of liberty or onerous fines and other penalties. It is important that you obtain a criminal defense attorney with a track record of obtaining the best outcomes for their clients. Call The Tormey Law Firm right away for a free consultation.