Criminal Charges in Burlington Township NJ
August 30, 2019
Burlington Township, which is located in the Northwest section of Burlington County, is home to roughly 23,000 residents. Throw in the large number of visitors and commuters, it is no surprise that Burlington Township Police have filed charges for nearly 3,000 criminal offenses in just the past two years alone. These types of criminal offenses include a large amount of drug-related and assault crimes. Our team of attorneys have actively represented clients in obtaining dismissals of criminal charges like marijuana possession less than 50 grams, drug distribution, heroin possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle, possession of THC Vape Pen, simple assault and domestic violence. Knowing how to defend against criminal charges is important because a conviction for a drug offense or assault can result in imprisonment, license suspension, probation, heavy fines and a criminal record.
Need an Attorney in Burlington Township, New Jersey? Contact Criminal Lawyers for Burlington Township Municipal Court at (609) 850-8284. Our team of attorneys is comprised of former Deputy Attorney General, William C. Fay, IV. If you have questions or require help with a criminal case, please do not hesitate to reach out to speak with Mr. Fay or one of his partners about your case. Mr. Fay has experience handling drug charges, assault cases and traffic violations throughout the area. We also handle juvenile matters if you need assistance for your child.
Is it a Crime for Possessing Less than 50 Grams of Marijuana Burlington Twp NJ?
Typically, a crime is considered to be any offense that carries a potential penalty beyond one (1) year of incarceration. In New Jersey, Possessiong of Less than 50 Grams of a Marijuana is a Disorderly Persons Offenses (Misdemeanor), that carries up to six (6) months in the Burlington County Jail. Therefore, it technically would not be considered a “crime” under the federal definition. Nevertheless, employers will see any conviction for marijuana possession on a criminal background check. The legal difference will be lost on most non-lawyers and you will stil be considered a “criminal” by most people for this type of offense.
As a disorderly persons offense, charges for marijuana possession under 50 grams are heard before the Burlington Township Municipal Court. A conviction carries penalties including six (6) months in jail, fine/assessments, probation and a two (2) year suspension of your Driver’s License.
Lawyer for Drug Paraphernalia Possession Near Burlington Township?
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia is a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey that typically accompanies a charge for possession of a specific drug. However, you may also be charged with simply drug paraphernalia in certain instances. Typically, this charge will be issued through a Complaint Summons and list N.J.S.A. 2C:35-2 as the specific violation. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, then you will have to appear before the local municipal court judge at a certain date and time.
Is it a crime just to possess paraphernalia like a bong, vape pen or rolling papers?
No. The state must prove that the defendant used the drug paraphernalia or possessed the drug paraphernalia with the intent to use it for a specific purpose like ingestion or consumption of a controlled dangerous substance.
What are the penalties for Drug Paraphernalia?
Assuming you plead guilty or are found guilty at trial of possessing drug paraphernalia, you are facing significant consequences. Specifically, New Jersey law requires that you face up to six (6) months in the Burlington County Jail, fines, probation, a two (2) year suspension of your driver’s license and a criminal record.
Simple Assault Lawyers in Burlington Township
Facing charges for simple assault, drug possession or a domestic violence Temporary Restraining Order can be a difficult ordeal to handle on your own. Contact an experienced attorney near you who knows the criminal justice system in Burlington Township. We can represent you in your case and fight any restraining orders that may be filed against you. To learn more about the Burlington Township Municipal Court or Burlington County Superior Court, please call our office at (609) 850-8284. Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have about your case.