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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.

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Prescription drug misuse is on the rise for juveniles in Monmouth County and the second most commonly abused category of drugs, behind marijuana. For juveniles, prescription drugs are more common than cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs. These drugs are extremely addictive and include painkillers such as OxyContin or Vicodin, and tranquilizers like Xanax or Valium.

If a juvenile is arrested for possession of these drugs, he or she will have to appear before a Superior Court Judge in the county of residence. The local municipality where the juvenile was arrested will refer the matter to the Prosecutor’s Office. For example, if a juvenile was arrested in Middletown, the matter will be referred to Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

It is imperative that an experienced juvenile criminal defense attorney handles the matter to avoid any type of long-term hardship to the juvenile. It is often the case that the family is concerned more with the drug misuse and the criminal matter takes a second seat. However, there are ways that the drug treatment can be incorporated into the juvenile matter so that the child benefits from the treatment.

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The fourth of July weekend brings many people to the jersey shore area and with the celebratory weekend, there is an increase in arrests for crimes related to Fireworks. Possession of Fireworks are illegal in the state of New Jersey notwithstanding the fact that they are very accessible to buy just over the state lines in Pennsylvania. The crime of Possession of fireworks is considered a disorderly persons offense which is punishable up to six months in jail. Possession of fireworks with the intent to sell is a fourth-degree offense with a maximum penalty of 18 months State Prison and fines up to $10,000. The following are considered fireworks: firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles and sparklers.

A disorderly persons offense is heard in the municipal court of the town or municipality where the arrest occurred. A fourth degree crime will likely be heard in the Superior Court of the county where the incident occurred.

Often times juveniles are arrested for possession of fireworks. Juvenile matters are heard in the family division of the Superior Court, and not the municipal courts. All juvenile matters are brought before the family division. It is important to avoid a criminal record in these type of situations so that there are not long term effects for immature acts.

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If you have been charged with the crime of Possession of Less than 50 Grams of Marijuana, you have been charged with a crime that many other individuals have been charged with throughout Monmouth County. Often times people are arrested for Possession of Marijuana in a driving a motor vehicle after getting pulled over by the police. Or sometimes, the marijuana is found on an individual incident to another arrest.

This offense is considered a disorderly persons offense. If found guilty of the charge, it will go on your record, and it cannot be expunged for 5 years following the date of conviction, date of completion of probation or date all fines are paid off, whichever date is the latest in time. Also, you can face up to 6 months incarceration, loss of a driving license and additional fines and penalties. If you have been charged with this offense, an experience attorney might be able to negotiate ae conditional discharge for you or a possible dismissal.

If you are an adult on the date of arrest then the matter will be heard in the municipal court of the town where you were arrested. If you are a juvenile then your matter will be heard in the the family division of the Superior Court. Ms. Breslow is extremely familiar with juvenile matters and knows how to get the best possible results in the juvenile courts.

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I have represented numerous juveniles who have been arrested in throughout Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties. It is essential that the attorney representing the juvenile is familiar with how the juvenile system work as well as how to handle the legal issues that arise in criminal matters.

These matters are heard in the Superior Courts within the Family Division. Many juveniles and often times their parents are surprised that the matter is going to be heard in a Superior Court instead of a Municipal Court. The matter is assigned to a family court Judge who deals with juvenile matters and is thus familiar with juvenile matters. If this is the juvenile’s first offense, and the matter is minor in nature, often times he or she might be eligible for a deferred disposition, meaning that the sentence will be withheld for a specific time period and if the juvenile remains arrest free and complies with the imposed conditions then the matter will be dismissed. I have been in many situations where the Judge and/or Prosecutor is not inclined to give the Juvenile a deferred disposition for a variety of reasons. For example, they feel that the matter is too serious in nature, or they feel that that deferred dispositions are only appropriate for the most minor offenses since they do not believe probation should be dealing with these juveniles. Basically, there is inconsistently throughout the State of how juvenile matters are handled. Many times I have fought Judges on this issue and I have had great success.

It is important to have an experienced New Jersey criminal defense lawyer fighting on your side throughout this process.

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If your question is whether you are eligible for Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) or a Conditional Discharge it must first be determined what court your matter is going to be heard. If you are charged with a disorderly persons drug offense then your matter will be heard in municipal court. If you are charged with a felony offense then your matter will be heard in Superior Court.

Pre-Trial Intervention, commonly called PTI, is a diversionary program offered in the Superior Courts for those individuals with no criminal record. The process begins with an application to be filled out by the applicant and then probation interviews the applicant and reviews the application and renders a decision. Then, the Prosecutors Office will review the file and determine if they will accept the applicant. If the person is excepted into PTI, then he or she must appear before a Superior Court Judge in order to accept the conditions set forth. Usually, there are fines (for drug offenses there will be additional DEDR penalties) application costs, court costs and restitution if applicable. In addition, community service is imposed by the Judge and the hours can range from 50 to 300.

If you are appearing in Municipal Court and charged with a minor drug offense, then you could be eligible for a Conditional Discharge. When you receive aConditional Discharge you agree to be placed on probation for at least a year or longer, and if you complete the conditions imposed you will have the matter dismissed. This option is only available in the municipal courts and only applies to minor drug offenses.

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Breakwater Alternative Treatment Center Corporation was one of six centers in New Jersey to receive state Department of Health and Senior Services approved to sell medical marijuana. You can imagine that local officials are worried about having this type of dispensary in the community. At the same time, others in the community are not so worried about the possible effects that the dispensary would have on the community.

The location of the shop will be on Route 33 and Madison Avenue and the dispensary would grow the marijuana at a site in Ocean County and then it would be transported to the Manalapan location.

Some township officials were not too happy about the announcement and do not like that Manalapan is the chosen location for the dispensary. Before this gets approved, it must first go before the town’s Zoning Board of Adjustment for approval. The State officials encourage the applicants to meet with local officials to discuss the center, and State officials will be meeting with site operators and monitoring how the project moves forward.

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