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Whether you call it weed, pot, Mary Jane, grass, herb, or just plain old marijuana, it is no secret that the times – and the laws – are changing with respect to the usage of cannabis.

At least eight states have legalized cannabis for recreational usage, and about twice that number currently allow medical marijuana use. Thus, marijuana is now legal in about half of the states for one purpose or the other.

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If you have been charged in the State of New Jersey with any of the following offenses, you may be eligible for a Conditional Discharge pursuant to NJSA 2C:36-A-1: NJSA 2C:35-10(c), failure to turn over CDS to an officer “failure to turn over;” NJSA 2C:35-10(a)(4), possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana; NJSA 2C:35-10(b), under the influence of CDS; NJSA 2C:36-2, possession of drug paraphernalia.  These matters are heard in Municipal Court.

What is a Conditional Discharge? If you are eligible for a Conditional Discharge, it does not automatically mean that you will enter into the Program. Pursuant to NJSA 2C:36A-1, an attorney can make a Motion to suspend further court proceedings and place their client on a special type of supervised probation. Since this is an optional program, it is important that the defense attorney prepare evidence showing that their client is a good candidate for a conditional discharge. It is helpful to collect letters of recommendation, proof of employment, drug treatment, and any other information that helps prove that the defendant will benefit from such program.

An experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney can advise you if entrance into a Conditional Discharge is something you should consider. For example, the State needs to meet their burden by providing all discoverable materials, including but not limited to a lab report, if applicable. If the State does not provide the proper materials, it is possible by way of a motion that the matter can be dismissed.  Also, if you enter into a conditional discharge, after completion of the program you still need to expunge the matter if you want the arrest off your record. It is important to be aware that by entering into a conditional discharge you will not be eligible for other diversionary programs in the future such as Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI). Thus, it is imperative to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side to help guide you through the Municipal Court system.

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This New York Times article discusses the debate over random drug testing in high schools in New Jersey. I will be interesting to see if this goes through, and what the legal ramifications are for those who test positive.

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PNC Arts Center is located in Monmouth County, New Jersey in the town of Holmdel. It is one of two major outdoor arenas located in the New York Metropolitan area. The venue has been the center of several controversies, including an incident during a Phish concert in 2000 where over 70 people were arrested, and the band was not invited back to the venue before their hiatus in 2004.

In recent years, there has been an increase in police presence at the Arts Center, and this has resulted with an increase in arrests for those attending concerts at the venue. Unfortunately, a night of fun and relaxation can result with an arrest that can jeopardize your future.

If you have been arrested on a felony charge in Holmdel, New Jersey, the matter will be transferred to the Superior Court located in Freehold. If you have been charged with a third or fourth degree Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) or any other felony charge, it is imperative that you hire an experienced Monmouth County criminal defense attorney to handle the matter. It is possible that the matter could be remanded back to municipal court. Or if this is your first offense you could be eligible for Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI), avoiding a criminal record.

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As the warm weather air rolls in and July 4th is around the corner, beach-lovers head to Long Beach Island (LBI).  Inevitably, when there is a sudden increase in population in a shore town, the local police department increase their police presence as well.   This increase in police presence in the summer months is evident in the towns  of Beach Haven, Ship Bottom, Long Beach Township, Surf City, Barnegat Light and Harvey Cedars.

If you have visited LBI, you know it is a beautiful place, however many  juveniles and adults are arrested while on vacation in LBI over the summer months.  An arrest can have significant long term negative effect on your life . Whether the arrest be for a borough ordinance violation, Possession of Marijuana less than 50 grams, Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Mischief or Simple Assault, all these matters require court appearances.  A Disorderly Person offense holds a maximum of 6 months in jail, a probation term and up to $1000 in court fines. It is imperative that you have an experienced criminal defense attorney fighting on your side in these local municipalities of Beach Haven, Long Beach Township (which includes Brant Beach, Holgate, Brighton Beach, Beach Haven Crest, Beach Haven Terrace, Beach Haven Gardens, Haven Beach, The Dunes, Spray Beach and North Beach Haven), Surf City, Barnegat Light, Harvey Cedars and Ship Bottom.

If the matter is classified as an indictable offense, whether is it be 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th degree the matter will be transferred to the Superior Court located in Toms River, New Jersey. Again, it is important to have an attorney with experience on your side.

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If your child or loved one has been arrested and they are less than 18 years old, their matter will be heard within the Superior Court where the Juvenile resides. Even if the matter would have otherwise been heard in the local municipal court, juvenile matters are heard within the Family Division of the Superior Court. Depending on the severity of the arrest and whether there were co-defendants arrested at the same time, the case will either before a referee or a Superior Court Judge.

If this is the juvenile’s first time in the judicial system, then it is possible for an experienced criminal attorney to negotiate a deal for the juvenile where he or she gets their matter dismissed after a period of time. This type of resolution is referred to as a deferred disposition. If your child has been arrested for Possession of Marijuana less than 50 grams, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of CDS (Controlled Dangerous Substance, including heroin, zanax, and cocaine), Theft, Aggravated Assault or any other disorderly persons offense, fourth degree or third degree offense, then he or she could be eligible for this type of resolution. If there are drugs and/or alcohol involved the Judge might require mandatory drug testing and other conditions.

Often times, young people make a wrong decision and this should not ruin their bright future. It is important to have an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney on your side so that this minor mistake does effect the juvenile long term.

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Juvenile matters are heard in the Family Division within the Superior Court usually where the crime occurs, or it can also be the county where the juvenile resides. Often times, if it is the juveniles first “run in” with the law, the juvenile is be eligible for a deferred disposition. This means that the juvenile will not have to be finger printed or give a DNA sample, and if he or she remains arrest free and complies with the other conditions, the adjudication will not go on their record.

Often times if these charges are serious or involve a burglary or if there is excessive restitution, the Prosecutor might oppose such disposition. If that occurs, then an experience New Jersey criminal lawyer can make a persuasive argument to the judge, and the judge could give the juvenile this opportunity. Also, there is the option of doing a back-ended deferred disposition, which means that for the time period of probation the disposition will remain on their record, however, if they complete the time period without any arrest and follow all conditions, then the disposition will be removed from the juveniles record.

This law office has helped thousands of juveniles get this type of result, giving them a second chance.

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The Law Office of Tara Breslow was successful in winning a DWI matter by having it dismissed today, based upon the State’s lack of evidence in proving that the defendant was under the influence at the time of the motor vehicle stop. The State failed to produce a Drug Recognition Expert during the night of the stop. This is often grounds for dismissal since the State cannot properly prove that the defendant was under the influence at the time of the motor vehicle stop. In this case, the defendant tested positive for marijuana in the urine test, however, the State could not link that to the Defendant being under the influence the night of the incident.

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If a juvenile commits an offense which is classified as a felony offense it is likely that he or she will be appearing before a family court judge in the Superior Court of the County where the juvenile resides. In some situations, the case could be diverted to a refugee or the JCC, but if the juvenile was arrested with other individuals who have prior delinquent histories, or the offense is serious then it is likely that the juvenile will be appearing before a Superior Court Judge.

The Law Office of Tara Breslow has been extremely successful in getting favorable results with juvenile matters. I believe that it is very important that juveniles do not have any type of adjudicated delinquency record. For example, if a juvenile is put on probation and they are applying for Federal loans for college it is likely that he or she can be denied. In addition, if the juvenile is arrested in the future any record of juvenile delinquency can have negative effects on any future cases. Also, if a juvenile is applying to college and he or she is faced with questions regarding prior arrests, it is imperative that their matter is handled properly so that he or she can answer those questions in a truthful way while not jeopardizing their likelihood of acceptance.

If a matter can be resolved with a deferred disposition, then the juvenile will be put on probation for a period of time and if they comply with the conditions imposed, and they are not arrested again, the matter will be disposed of. Thus, the juveniles poor judgement will not effect their future. It is imperative that the juvenile has an experienced criminal defense lawyer on their side, making sure that he or she has a the best results.

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What is K2? It is sometimes referred to as “Spice” or “Designer Marijuana,” and it is a type of synthetic cannabis product that is becoming more prevalent throughout New Jersey. If you or a loved one is caught in possession of this type of drug; be aware that it is classified under the same Schedule as cocaine and heroin and as such considered a controlled dangerous substance. Since this drug is somewhat new on the market, in the recent past many drug tests did not pick up on K2, however that has all changed in recent months.

At the present time, Police in Highlands are investigating four separate incidents where individuals ended up in the hospital after smoking K2. Reportedly, the substance was purchased from a gas station located in Keansburg. This substance can cause severe hallucinations. K2 is classified under the same schedule as cocaine or heroin. In recent months Monmouth and Ocean counties, there have been many other arrests over the past months involving different shops selling K2 in violation of Federal and State laws.

It is also very common that juveniles are arrested for possession of K2. If a juvenile is arrested for Possession of this type of controlled dangerous substance the matter will be heard before a Superior Court Judge in the Family Division. If you or a loved one has been arrested for possession of a controlled dangerous substance; it is imperative that you contact an experience criminal defense attorney.