The good news when facing a possession charge for less than five grams of hashish (N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(4)) is that the charge is a disorderly persons offense, comparable to a misdemeanor in other states.
That doesn’t mean possession is nothing to worry about, though.
If convicted, you may still face up to six months in jail, loss of driving privileges for at least six months, fines of $1000, and hundreds of additional dollars in fees and assessments.
For first offenders, there is a presumption of non-incarceration, meaning that you’ll likely serve no time for the possession charge.
There are also alternatives like conditional discharges that some possession defendants are eligible for.
Completion of the conditions, which may include rehab or substance abuse counseling, within the allotted time will result in your case being dismissed and you walking away without a criminal record to limit your opportunities down the road.
An experienced criminal defense attorney can mean the difference between a resolution that lets you get back to your life, and criminal sanctions that haunt you for years to come.
Attorney Matthew Reisig has successfully represented clients all across New Jersey as they fight drug possession charges. Call 732-625-9661 for a free consultation today.