Anyone considering driving under the influence of marijuana should definitely understand the law here in the Garden State. In fact, anyone who knowingly is in possession of pot, weed or hash while operating a motor vehicle runs the risk of being arrested and charged with a violation of New Jersey law, specifically N.J.S.A. 39:4-49.1 – this is no joke. The cops will arrest you and local prosecutors will push for a conviction.
As a New Jersey DWI and drug DUI defense lawyer, I have years of experience in this area. Having been a former municipal prosecutor, I also know the lengths to which the state will go to secure a conviction. Understanding the prosecution’s tactics, however, helps me to provide an aggressive defense for individuals accused of violation the law.
A news article not long ago detailed a couple arrests out of Morris County. These marijuana possession cases are not unlike those that occur every month throughout the state. Whatever the circumstances, if marijuana is found in your car, the police will usually issue a summons for marijuana possession in a motor vehicle. If found guilty, you could have you driver’s license suspended for a lengthy two-year period with no chance for an special provisions or conditional license. Without the ability to drive, one could lose his or her job over such a conviction.
According to news reports, officers patrolling the Cinema 12 parking lot investigated what they felt as a suspicious vehicle at the rear of the theater. On closer inspection police wound remnants of a cigar near the driver’s side door. At the time, the vehicle was occupied by two men. The driver, a 19-year-old Denville resident, was arrested when a small quantity of marijuana and a pipe were discovered in the vehicle. Police charged the man with under-50-gram possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of controlled dangerous substances (CDS) in a motor vehicle.
About a week later, police officers responded to a parking area at 200 Baldwin Road following reports of a suspicious vehicle. As the officers approached the vehicle, they noticed what appeared to be a marijuana cigarette sitting on the vehicle’s center console. The 19-year-old driver was charged with possession of marijuana (under 50 grams) and subsequently released on his own recognizance pending a court date.
Parsippany: Police Blotter, NorthJersey.com, May 5, 2010