A man in New Jersey was recently arrested for committing a drug crime. The drug possession-related arrest came following a traffic stop. However, a strong criminal defense may help the man to fight the charge successfully.
According to police, an officer stopped the man's car on a street for equipment-related violations. After speaking with the man, the police officer reportedly saw signs that drugs were being used. These signs were allegedly in plain view.
After the police officer investigated the situation, he reportedly determined that the man possessed what appeared to be marijuana. The man was then arrested for possessing fewer than 50 grams of the drug. He also faces a charge of disorderly conduct.
The man facing the drug charge may understandably be worried about how his arrest will impact his reputation and his future. For instance, it may make it hard for him to land jobs in the future. However, the man has the right to proceed to trial to vigorously fight the criminal charge.
At trial, prosecutors must prove the man's charges beyond a reasonable doubt. Otherwise, no conviction can be handed down in his case. However, the man also has the option of seeking to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecution if he considers this to be the best course of action to take. It may actually be possible for a defendant in such a situation to be admitted to drug addiction treatment rather than being given jail time. A criminal defense attorney in New Jersey will review every aspect of the defendant's case and work to minimize any potential negative consequences against him.