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Drug charge, weapon charges for New Jersey man after traffic stop

Being charged with a crime is not easy for any New Jersey resident. Fortunately, when accusations arise, the individual at the heart of the case can remain confident in their legal rights. Investigating the significance of these rights may be the next step for one New Jersey man following a recent traffic stop. He was arrested on a drug charge, several weapons-related charges and traffic violations.

Authorities reportedly conducted a traffic stop for a moving violation when the officer noted shotgun shells on the floorboard of the vehicle. Upon further inspection, the officer allegedly discovered marijuana and a shotgun in the backseat. The 45-year-old man is purportedly subject to a court order that prohibits him from possessing any weapons.

In addition to the traffic violations, the man was charged with third degree counts of unlawfully possessing a weapon and not properly transporting a weapon. In addition, he faces a drug charge for possession of marijuana and of a controlled substance. The man was subsequently released after posting bail.

If convicted of the drug charge, weapon charges and traffic violations, this New Jersey man could face serious consequences that may include steep fines, probation or even jail time. Fortunately, like anyone in our state, he has the right to defend himself against the allegations. As his case moves forward within the criminal justice system, it may benefit this man to be diligent in exploring his options in the hopes of securing the best outcome possible for his case and his future. Before any conviction can occur, the government must establish the formal accusations in court with competent evidence that meets or exceeds the exacting measure of proof required in criminal proceedings.

Source: New Jersey Herald, Newton man arrested on gun, drug charges, No author, Jan. 14, 2014

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