A man in New Jersey was recently arrested for committing a drug crime. Following his arrest, a strong criminal defense will likely be necessary to protect his rights and best interests in the criminal justice system. However, the arrested man -- like everyone else who is taken into custody in New Jersey -- is presumed innocent until and unless his guilt can be proven in a court of law.
Police said that at around 9:53 p.m. on a Thursday, they stopped the driver of a car on a boulevard for failing to maintain the car's lights. During the traffic stop, police said they detected the smell of burned marijuana emanating from the car. Both the passenger and the driver reportedly told police they had smoked marijuana in the car the previous day.
Authorities then searched the car. At that time, one of the men who was in the car reportedly produced a vape pen and handed it to a police officer. The pen contained what authorities suspected was THC oil. The man, 21, ended up being charged with drug possession as well as drug paraphernalia possession.
Just because the man has been taken into custody does not mean that he is automatically guilty of committing a drug crime. Rather, the prosecution must prove his charges beyond a reasonable doubt at trial before any conviction can happen. A criminal defense attorney will push for the most personally favorable outcome for the defendant given the circumstances surrounding his drug crime case in New Jersey.
Source: njherald.com, "Hopatcong man facing drug charges", May 1, 2018