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Synthetic Marijuana May Not Be Authentic Pot — But the Penalties for Possession are Very Real

Designer drugs come and go and synthetic marijuana is all the rage these days. The product, also called K2, isn’t even marketed as marijuana; it’s a substitute for cocaine. Make no mistake about it: getting caught in possession of synthetic marijuana is against the law in New Jersey.

Moreover, it’s a serious crime, punishable by up to six months in jail and $1,000 in fines for only possessing less than 50 grams. And that’s the consequence for a disorderly persons offense.
If you are caught with more than 50 grams of synthetic marijuana, the stakes go up considerably to the tune of a fourth degree drug crime. If convicted of these charges, you will face up to 18 months in jail, up to $25,000 in fines and you’ll lose your driving privileges for a long time.

Don’t be fooled by the name “synthetic marijuana” either. The penalties for getting convicted of possession of K2 may be more harsh than those associated with real pot. If you are caught trying to distribute synthetic marijuana, you could find yourself facing a third degree crime and a long-term stint in prison. In fact, possession charges for larger amount of synthetic marijuana can send you away for up to 10 years.

If this is your first offense, Mr. Tumelty can argue for a diversionary program for you. Drug Court and pre-trial intervention can keep you out of jail. further, Mr. Tumelty has many defense strategies he can use to get your charges downgraded or even possibly dismissed.

If you or someone you love is facing charges associated with drugs, you need an aggressive criminal defense lawyer who will do what’s necessary to protect your legal rights. Mr. Tumelty is a former prosecutor. He knows how the state thinks and how it puts together it’s drug cases. He will use that experience to defend you.

Contact John W. Tumelty today for a free consultation about your drug charges in Atlantic or Cape May counties in New Jersey. You can count on him to fight for you and your family.

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