I got arrested yesterday for having 7 grams of weed and 4 grams of Molly(which is similar to ecstasy) in my car. They ended up letting me go and gave me two tickets one for talking on cell phone while driving and one for Drugs in vehicle. This is my first drug charge. Will I have to do time or probation or lose my license or just fines? What do you think please help
If they did not issue you criminal charges (2C:35-10), you are not facing any jail time or criminal convictions. However, the ticket for drugs in a vehicle is a serious one and carries a mandatory 2 year license suspension and significant fine.
No jail. It is very unusual that they did not charge possession also, especially in Woodbridge. The "molly" could be a crime, the MJ is a Disorderly. But that 39:4-49.1 is a two year suspension. The ticket itself is not eligible for a CD to let you keep your license. For your record’s sake and your license I would retained an experienced criminal defense attorney ASAP. Judge Robbins, Toth or Morse are reasonable and all 4 prosecutors are also. Call with more information.
I would expect that you were also charged with a 2C offense. In which case, jail is a sentence option that the judge and prosecutor has. It may be possible to avoid incarceration depending on the total of all the facts, including your prior record and you may be a candidate for a diversion program. The CDS in a MV comes with a 2 year suspension. You may be able to avoid this.
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If you were ONLY given summonses for those two traffic infractions, then you
should consider yourself extremely lucky. What could have been an
indictable offense that could have caused you many problems, including jail
or probation, leaves you with fines and a potential loss of license for 6-24
months. You should speak to an attorney.
If you did not get criminal charges for the marijuana and "ecstasy", but only the traffic offenses, you still need an attorney since the drugs in a motor vehicle charge cannot be expunged from your driving record.
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