Toms River New Jersey Possession of Drugs in a Motor Vehicle
Possession of drugs in a motor vehicle is a very serious charge. Interestingly, the statute governing this charge does not fall under NJ criminal code, but rather under Title 39, which governs traffic violations. However, the penalties for possession of CDS in a motor vehicle are severe. Additionally, companion charges almost always accompany possession of drugs in a motor vehicle charges. These include possession of marijuana, cocaine distribution, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of heroin with intent to distribute. While possession of CDS in a motor vehicle results in fines and a license suspension of up to two years, the companion charges result in jail time, probation, and steep monetary penalties. For these reasons it is in your best interest to contact a skilled drug charges defense lawyer who will work with the prosecution to get your charges downgraded or even dismissed. At Proetta & Oliver, our attorneys regularly represent clients charged with possession of CDS in a motor vehicle throughout Ocean County, including in Toms River, Brick, Beach Haven, Ship Bottom, Seaside Heights, and Jackson Township. For more information on how we can assist you in successfully resolving your drug possession case in Ocean County, feel free to contact our conveniently located Toms River office today at (848) 238-2100.
Possession of CDS in a Motor Vehicle: N.J.S.A. 39:4-49.1
A charge for possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) in a motor vehicle in New Jersey is governed by N.J.S.A. 39:4-49.1 which provides:
No person shall operate a motor vehicle on any highway while knowingly having in his possession or in the motor vehicle any controlled dangerous substance as classified in Schedules I, II, III, IV and V of the “New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substances Act,” P.L. 1970, c. 226 or any prescription legend drug, unless the person has obtained the substance or drug from, or on a valid written prescription of, a duly licensed physician, veterinarian, dentist or other medical practitioner licensed to write prescriptions intended for the treatment or prevention of disease in man or animals or unless the person possesses a controlled dangerous substance pursuant to a lawful order of a practitioner or lawfully possesses a Schedule V substance.
A person who violates this section shall be fined not less than $50.00 and shall forthwith forfeit his right to operate a motor vehicle for a period of two years from the date of his conviction.
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As you can see from the above statute, if you or your loved one is in possession of an illegal drug without a prescription in any type of motor vehicle, you can be charged with possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. Penalties will include up to a two (2) year loss of driving privileges. At the Law Offices of Proetta & Oliver, we assist clients who face these charges throughout New Jersey and Ocean County including Manchester Township, Lakewood, Bayville, Manahawkin, Point Pleasant, Seaside Park, and Plumsted. Contact us for a free consultation today at (848) 238-2100 for a free consultation today. We are ready to assist you 24/7.