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Potential penalties for marijuana possession in New Jersey

Although legal in recreational use in some states, New Jersey state law prohibits the use of marijuana. In fact, significant penalties arise if charged and convicted of using marijuana or having paraphernalia on you or in your vehicle. 

Some of the penalties associated with marijuana may include:

Penalties for marijuana possession

New Jersey works to enforce strict penalties if an officer catches you with marijuana. Upon your first conviction of an alleged drug charge, if you possess less than 15 grams of marijuana, you may receive:

  • Up to $1,000 in fines
  • Up to 6 months in jail
  • Up to a 6-month license suspension (even if your vehicle was not involved)

These penalties prove harsh for a first offense. To ensure that an officer's charge is valid, an attorney can help find missteps and defend your charges in court.

Charges increase when driving under the influence

Many times, when officers catch individuals with marijuana it's while driving a vehicle. An officer may smell marijuana in your car or conduct a search to find drugs if he or she is suspicious of its presence.

Penalties for driving while under the influence of marijuana are extremely strict. The state of New Jersey assigns these punishments to dissuade individuals from driving while high. DWI penalties include:

  • Up to $400
  • Imprisonment up to 30 days
  • Three-month license suspension
  • Intoxicated Driver Resource Center courses
  • Insurance fine of $1,000

If charged with marijuana possession or driving while intoxicated, it is essential that you contact an attorney immediately upon your arrest. To lower penalties or stop conviction, a criminal defense attorney can help you review the specifics of your case.

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