Hamilton NJ Synthetic Marijuana Possession Lawyers
With Offices in Trenton and Pennington, NJ
Although marijuana possession is the most common drug crime in New Jersey, law enforcement is making more and more arrests for synthetic marijuana possession. Synthetic marijuana use is increasingly popular among youths in New Jersey. The drug goes by many names, including bath salts, K2, Spice, and black mamba. Although synthetic marijuana use might not seem like a big deal, NJ prosecutors often seek maximum penalties in these cases. Moreover, a conviction will also leave you with a drug crime conviction on your permanent record. That’s why it is imperative that you take immediate action and contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson is a highly respected law firm with a tradition of excellence in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Our criminal defense lawyers have more than 40 years of experience defending clients against serious drug charges in Mercer County, including East Windsor, Hightstown, and Ewing. Additionally, our litigation team includes a New Jersey Certified Trial Attorney and a New Jersey “Super Lawyer,” so you can trust that we know how to win these cases in the courtroom. Call KCR today to discuss your synthetic marijuana charges and start your defense.
N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.3a: Synthetic Marijuana Possession in Mercer County, New Jersey
N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10.3a makes is illegal for anyone in the State of New Jersey to knowingly obtain or possess a synthetic cannabinoid. Although synthetic marijuana is not derived from cannabis leaves, it does produce many of the same effects as actual marijuana use. As a result, synthetic marijuana is legally defined as any drug which is intended to mimic the effect of THC. These drugs are often marketed as “safe” and “legal” alternatives to actual marijuana; however, the reality is that anyone caught in possession of synthetic marijuana will be charged with a drug crime.
The penalties for synthetic marijuana possession are so severe because the drug has been classified by the New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substances Act as a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance. This classification means that the drug has a high potential for abuse and no medical benefits. Moreover, although the federal Controlled Substances Act does not explicitly prohibit synthetic marijuana, the law has designated the five active chemicals most commonly found in synthetic marijuana as Schedule I controlled dangerous substances.
Penalties for Synthetic Marijuana Possession in Princeton, NJ
The popularity of synthetic marijuana among high school students has led New Jersey prosecutors to prosecute synthetic marijuana possession to the fullest extent of the law. Even if you were found in possession of a very small amount of synthetic marijuana, you could be looking at significant penalties.
The penalties for synthetic marijuana are very serious and carry significant jail exposure. These penalties are ultimately determined by the weight of the synthetic marijuana:
- Less than 1 Oz.: Possession of even a trace amount of synthetic marijuana is classified as a fourth degree felony. This means that a conviction could result in a sentence of up to 18 months in NJ State Prison and a $10,000 fine.
- 1 Oz. or More: Possession of 1 ounce or more of synthetic marijuana is classified as a third degree felony. This means that a conviction could result in a sentence of 3–5 years in NJ State Prison and a $15,000 fine.
Contact Lawrence Synthetic Marijuana Possession Attorneys
The criminal defense attorneys at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson will do whatever it takes to fight your synthetic marijuana charges and keep your record clear of a drug crime conviction. Call us day or night to speak with a member of our litigation team, or email us to schedule a free consultation at our Trenton or Pennington offices.