A routine motor vehicle stop in Ocean Township last month leads to the arrest of a twenty-eight year old male from Red Bank, New Jersey. It is unclear at this point in time what the basis for initial stop was but when the officers spoke to the driver they learned he had a suspended license. During the inquiry the officers assert that they say a small bag of marijuana on the seat of the car. This is what lead to the initial arrest of both the driver and the passenger. Unfortunately them, it did not end their. A further search of the vehicle was conducted and four more pounds of marijuana was located. The driver of the motor vehicle was arrested and most likely charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and driving while suspended. He was taken to the Monmouth County Jail pending his initial appearance. Under the new bail guidelines, the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office could have filed for a Detention Hearing. If they did, they would be seeking to have the Defendant detained in the Monmouth County Jail, pending trial, without bail. A Detention Hearing could be and always should be contested. Since these charges are felony offenses in New Jersey, they will be litigated in the Monmouth County Superior Court in the Freehold. Conversely, the passenger was arrested and most likely issued a summons for possession of marijuana under 50 grams. Since his charges were issued on a summons as opposed to a warrant, the Defendant was released on his own recognizance, pending a court hearing in the Ocean Township Municipal Court.
Since the Defendant was caught possessing more than an ounce of marijuana but less than five pounds, he will be charged with a third degree felony. A third degree felony marijuana distribution charge is punishable by up to five years in a state prison and a fine up to $35,000. For more information on how to defend marijuana distribution charges Monmouth County, please click the link.
Marijuana Distribution Charges in Ocean Township NJ
Being charged with a criminal offense can be stressful, especially something as serious as the possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. However, hiring the right attorney, one that has extensive experience representing clients charged with drug distribution charges can go a long way to alleviating the stress. If you have been charged with possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute or possession of drug paraphernalia in Monmouth County, the attorneys at Keith Oliver Criminal Law can help. Our attorneys are available immediately for a free consultation. We serve all of Monmouth County, including towns like Howell, Holmdel, Middletown, West Long Branch, Tinton Falls, Eatontown and Asbury Park.