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Police CarThe bar and nightclub scene in and around Red Bank and Monmouth County, New Jersey, is legendary – a place to see and be seen, dance the night away, or just enjoy the music in venues where the up-and-coming rub elbows with established performers who sometimes stop in for a set or two on a nostalgic whim. It can be a fun place.

Unfortunately, not every night of clubbing goes as planned. A little too much to drink, a bad decision or two, and a great night can turn into a bad morning after, sometimes with serious consequences.

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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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Red Bank Municipal Court is located on 90 Monument Street in Red Bank, New Jersey. If you or a loved one has been arrested in any municipality, including but not limited to: Red Bank, Middletown, Fair Haven, Rumson, Little Silver, Eatontown, Deal, Ocean or West Long Branch it is important to find a local attorney who is familiar with the local municipal court. Ms. Breslow has appeared in all of these courts and has experience throughout the county.

If you have been arrested for Possession of Less than 50 Grams of Marijuana, your matter will be heard in the municipal court. This drug charge is considered a disorderly persons which holds a maximum of 6 months in jail, loss of license as well as other fines and penalties. If you are a first time offender a lawyer could negotiate a deal with the Prosecutor where you would receive a conditional discharge. However, it is important to understand what the implications are of a conditional discharge prior to entering into it. For example, with a conditional discharge you will be disqualified from other diversionary programs, such as Pre-Trial Intervention. Thus, it is importance to understand your opinions before entering in any “deal.” Tara Breslow has experience in the municipal courts and could advise you on the best ways to proceed.