Morris County Simple Possession of Marijuana Charges

Rockaway Township NJ Marijuana Attorneys Fight Drug Crime Charges

Rockaway Township Marijuana AttorneysThe Morris County NJ marijuana defense lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm recently achieved another huge success when defending a client against charges for possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) in Rockaway Township Municipal Court.

Our client was a passenger in a car traveling on Route 80 in Rockaway, Township, New Jersey. A New Jersey State trooper pulled over the vehicle and allegedly smelled an odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the car. The trooper then conducted field sobriety tests on the driver and determined that the driver was operating the car while under the influence of marijuana. The trooper later searched the motor vehicle for contraband and reportedly found a small amount of pot in the passenger seat.

Police subsequently arrested the driver and charged with him driving under the influence (DUI) pursuant to R.S. 39:4-50, being under the influence of marijuana pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(b), possession of a CDS in a motor vehicle pursuant to R.S. 39:4-49.1, and simple possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(4). Since our client was present in the car, he was also arrested and charged with simple possession of marijuana.

Tormey Law Firm Fights Marijuana Charges in Morris County, NJ

The passenger hired the Tormey Law Firm to represent him in the case and defend him against the drug crime charges. Our experienced legal team carefully analyzed the facts and the evidence, including a recording from the NJ State trooper’s patrol vehicle. Our hard work on behalf of the client proved very useful when negotiating with the Rockaway Township prosecutor. We eventually got the prosecution to agree to dismiss the charges against our client.

Serious Penalties for Marijuana Possession in New Jersey

N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(4) stipulates that the possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana is a disorderly persons offense. The criminal code specifically sets forth that it is illegal for anyone, knowingly or purposely, to obtain, or to possess, actually or constructively, a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog, unless the substance was obtained directly, or pursuant to a valid prescription or order form from a practitioner, while acting in the course of his professional practice, or except as otherwise authorized by law. Anyone who violates this section of the NJ Criminal Code with respect to possession of 50 grams or less of marijuana, including any adulterants or dilutants, is considered a disorderly person.

The penalties for a disorderly persons offense (or misdemeanor) in New Jersey include fines of up to $1,000 and six months in the local county jail. Additionally, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-15 calls for the imposition of a Drug Enforcement and Demand Reduction (“DEDR”) penalty of $500. Beyond that, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-16 stipulates that the court can also suspend the offender’s driver’s license for up to two years if the offense is the possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana.

The consequences of a marijuana possession conviction in New Jersey are severe and need to be taken seriously. If you were recently arrested in Morris County and charged with possession of marijuana, you need to speak with the experienced marijuana possession lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm. We have handled countless marijuana possession cases in Morris County Superior Court and municipal courts across Morris County and we can defend you against your charges.

Dover Cocaine Distribution AttorneysA Dover New Jersey man has been sentenced to almost a decade in NJ State Prison for selling cocaine in Morris County, NJ.

The suspect is a 41-year-old resident of Dover, NJ. He was placed under arrest in July 2016 following an investigation by Dover detectives.

According to Morris County authorities, the suspect distributed narcotics in the Dover NJ area. A raid of the suspect’s Dover home by Dover NJ detectives reportedly led to the discovery of a large amount of cocaine, in addition to drug paraphernalia.

The suspect was subsequently charged with first degree distribution of cocaine. If the case had gone to trial in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown, the suspect could have faced 20 years in NJ State Prison. Instead, the suspect reached a plea deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to the cocaine distribution charges.

The suspect has now been sentenced to a term of incarceration of nine years. He will become eligible for release on parole after serving 50 months behind bars.

For further information about this case, see the article, “Dover Man Gets 9 Years for Selling Cocaine.”

Rockaway Township Drug Crime LawyersPolice recently arrested at least 15 people who were reportedly connected to a drug distribution operation in Rockaway Township and other parts of Morris County, New Jersey.

Law enforcement officials started an investigation into the alleged drug network after getting several tips about illegal drug dealing in Morris County, Bergen County, Sussex County, Warren County, and Passaic County.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force detectives spent more than a month investigating the operation and utilized wiretaps to get evidence of illegal drug sales.

According to authorities, one of the suspects, a 23-year-old man from Elmwood Park, made daily trips throughout New Jersey to deliver heroin and crack cocaine. The suspects allegedly distributed the illegal narcotics in Rockaway Township, Jefferson Township, Newton, Elmwood Park, and Paterson.

Several suspects arrested by police face charges for multiple drug offenses, including distribution of heroin and distribution of cocaine.

Additionally, the Elmwood Park NJ suspect has been charged with a weapons offense because police officers allegedly found him with a .22-caliber handgun at his home.

For additional information about this case, access the article, “Heroin, Cocaine Ring Cracked in Morris, Bergen, Warren, Sussex.”

Parsippany NJ Criminal LawyersParsippany New Jersey police recently arrested a local man who allegedly possessed massive amounts of drugs at his house.

The Parsippany Police Department launched an investigation more than a year ago after receiving reports that the suspect was distributing narcotics in the area. Detectives eventually got search warrants for the suspect’s residences on Erica Way and Knoll Road in Parsippany, NJ.

When law enforcement executed the search warrants at the suspect’s Parsippany NJ houses and searched the premises, they reportedly discovered cocaine, marijuana, and prescription drugs. Parsippany authorities also allegedly found, and seized, more than $9,000 in cash.

The suspect was not home when police searched the residences, but law enforcement was able to locate him a short time later at an area hotel. He was arrested without incident and taken to Parsippany police headquarters for processing.

The suspect faces a number of drug crime charges, including distribution of marijuana, distribution of LSD, possession of LSD, possession of Xanax, possession of Adderall, possession of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

After being arrested and charged, the suspect was moved to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, NJ.

For additional information about this case, check out the article, “Cops Seize $9K, LSD, Pills, Cocaine, Marijuana; 1 Arrested.”

Morris County Prescription Drug AttorneysMorris County police departments recently collected more than 700 pounds of prescription drugs during National Drug Take-Back Day.

Police departments across Morris County have been targeting prescription drug offenders in recent months because prescription drug abuse – and overdose deaths – have been on the rise. In fact, law enforcement officials consider prescription drug possession and prescription drug distribution to be two of the most serious drug crimes.

However, not every action taken by Morris County law enforcement to stop prescription drug abuse and addiction has been punitive. One such example of a more benevolent approach to combating the drug problem is the recent National Drug Take-Back Day, which gave people a chance to hand over their expired or unwanted medications to law enforcement officers.

At this year’s event, Morris County NJ police collected 724 pounds of prescription drugs. This approached the 726 pounds of prescription medications that Morris County police collected last year.

For additional information, check out the article, “724 Pounds of Meds Collected in Morris During National Drug Take-Back Day.”

Morris County Prescription Drug AttorneysMorris County NJ law enforcement is cracking down on drug crimes and looking to arrest people who are allegedly distributing illegal narcotics.

Additionally, Morris County authorities are also trying to get drug users and addicts to beat their drug addictions. As part of this ambitious effort, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office announced plans to hold symposiums about how to fight heroin addiction and prescription opioid addiction.

Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic resulting in a high number of overdoses, some fatal, throughout New Jersey and the rest of the U.S. Moreover, many people addicted to prescription drugs end up turning to heroin because it is cheaper and easier to acquire.

Statistics indicate that more than 33,000 people in the United States died from fatal prescription drug overdoses in 2015. In Morris County NJ, 64 people died due to prescription painkiller overdoses in 2016.

So far in 2017, the numbers have been even worse: at least 23 people in Morris County have already overdosed on prescription drugs.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office hopes that the upcoming drug symposiums will “stem the tide of addiction and related deaths.” The symposiums are scheduled for April and May and will be held at high schools in Dover, Kinnelon, Montville, and Roxbury.

For additional information, see the article, “Morris Prosecutor to Hold Local Symposiums on Opiate Addiction Crisis.”

Morris County Prescription Drug AttorneysMorris County authorities plan to participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 29.

The event provides individuals with a chance to turn over their expired medications and other prescription drugs to local law enforcement officials.

A number of law enforcement agencies have joined forces to coordinate the event in Morris County NJ, including the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the Morris Plains Police Department, the Randolph Police Department, and the Morris Township Police Department.

Officers with the local police departments will have be present at three drop-off spots on April 29, 2017. The prescription drug drop-off locations are the Stop and Shop Supermarket in Morris Plains, the Acme supermarket in Randolph, and the Morris Township Municipal Parking Lot in Morris Township.

From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., anyone in possession of an expired medication or any other controlled dangerous substance (CDS) can turn over the drugs to police without worrying about being arrested and charged with a drug offense.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is part of a national effort to combat prescription drug abuse. Across the United States, local police departments give people an opportunity to turn in their expired prescription medications. Last year, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) collected nearly 900,000 pounds of medications during the event, with more than 700 pounds being collected in Morris County, New Jersey.

To learn more, check out the article, “Morris County to Participate in National Drug Take-Back Day on April 29.”

Roxbury New Jersey Cocaine AttorneysRoxbury New Jersey police recently arrested a Newark NJ man who allegedly sold drugs in Morris County and nearby counties.

Police received a tip about illegal drug activity in Roxbury NJ and opened an investigation into the suspect. Detectives with both the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Roxbury Police Department conducted a joint investigation. Investigators eventually got search warrants for the suspect’s home and other property.

While executing the search warrants, police officers reportedly found 200 grams of cocaine, a handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets, and $17,000 in cash thought to be proceeds of illegal drug activity.

The suspect is a 41-year-old Newark man. He was arrested and charged with numerous crimes, including distribution of cocaine, possession of cocaine, and unlawful possession of a weapon.

After being placed under arrest and processed, the suspect was remanded to the Morris County Jail in Morristown, New Jersey.

To learn more about this case, read the article, “Newark Man Arrested on Gun, Drug Charges.”

Morris County Drug Crime LawyersPolice officers arrested 18 people following a major investigation into an alleged drug distribution ring operating throughout North Jersey, including Morris County.

Law enforcement officials started an investigation into the drug distribution operation in October 2016. Morris County detectives determined that the dealers were trafficking illegal drugs, including heroin and crack cocaine, in North Jersey counties.

Investigators initially focused on a 23-year-old Elmwood Park male who reportedly ran the drug distribution operation. The suspect reportedly uses the nickname “Star” and is believed to have personally transported heroin and cocaine to people in Morris County, Sussex County, Warren County, and Bergen County.

The suspect’s customers allegedly resold the illegal drugs. A total of 18 people, including the main suspect, were eventually placed under arrest. At the time of the main suspect’s arrest, he reportedly possessed 4,000 heroin fold and 130 packages of crack cocaine with a total street value of roughly $12K.

The suspect face numerous drug crime charges, including heroin distribution and cocaine distribution.

For additional information about this case, access the article, “18 Charged in Bust-Up of Multi-County Heroin, Crack Cocaine Ring.”

East Hanover NJ Robbery LawyersAn East Orange man is on his way to prison for committing a robbery at a Babies-R-Us store in East Hanover, New Jersey.

The suspect is a 24-year-old resident of East Orange, NJ. He recently appeared in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown NJ for a formal sentencing hearing after pleading guilty to the armed robbery. The superior court judge sentenced the suspect to 12 years behind bars.

On July 19, 2014, the suspect held up employees at the Babies-R-Us located on Route 1 in East Hanover, NJ. He allegedly went to the Route 10 store and forced the two victims to go back inside the building after closing.

Once inside the store, the suspect pointed a handgun at the employees and ordered them to open a safe and hand over $5K in cash.

The suspect covered his face with a mask, but detectives were still able to identify and apprehend him. He now faces numerous criminal charges, including armed robbery, false imprisonment, burglary, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon.

For more information about this case, read the article, “12 Year Timeout for Guy Who Held Up Babies-R-Us.”