Recreational drug use may seem like small potatoes when compared with other illegal activity. Whether you are a college student selling marijuana at school or an executive who uses illegal substances infrequently, if you are stopped by law enforcement and have drugs in your possession, the matter will become much more serious than you thought.
At The Law Office of Gwendolyn O. Austin in Newark, I provide legal defense to those charged with minor drug crimes in the state of New Jersey. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, contact me today.
Handling Minor Drug Offenses
At The Law Office of Gwendolyn O. Austin, I handle minor drug offense cases as part of my criminal defense practice. While certain narcotics-related charges may be termed “minor,” there is nothing minor about the consequences and effects of a conviction on one’s future.
I have assisted clients throughout New Jersey charged with a variety of minor drug crimes, including drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia , possession in a school zone or other restricted area, CDS in a motor vehicle, and others.
How I Can Help
If your drug crimes charge is a first offense, the chances of obtaining a favorable outcome are better. In my capacity as a criminal defense lawyer, I have helped clients obtain a conditional discharge. This probationary program involves some fines and penalties as well as regular reports to a probation officer.
Once the program is successfully completed, the drug charge is dismissed and you can petition to have your record expunged.
In other cases, where you are charged under both the Criminal Code and the Motor Vehicle Code, I will work with my clients to plea bargain under the criminal code. Many of my clients have obtained dismissals of the charge of possession in a motor vehicle. Under the Motor Vehicle Code this charge carries a mandatory two-year license suspension.
I look forward to assisting you. If you would like to schedule a free and confidential consultation with me to discuss your criminal drug charges, please contact me today. Call (973) 735-2706