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Reasonable suspicion and traffic stops that lead to arrest

Drug charges are taken very seriously in New Jersey. Sentencing for individuals convicted of drug crimes, however, can vary dramatically. Factors considered in sentencing include the amount of drugs found on the individual, the type of substance seized, specific drug charge including whether the person is charged with drug possession or drug manufacturing, the age of the defendant, and of course, whether the defendant has a history of drug charges.

Two Fort Lee brothers arrested on drug charges

Charges of drug possession can have serious consequences and have a lasting effect on a person's personal and professional life. The impact can be even more severe when the drug charge includes possessing with the intent to distribute, especially near a school or park where young children congregate. Two Fort Lee brothers learned this lesson the hard way.

4 charged in alleged cocaine ring

In most areas of the country, drug crimes are prosecuted aggressively, and a conviction can result in long-term negative consequences that can greatly affect the life of those accused. From long, mandatory prison sentences to expensive fines to lengthy probation requirements, a drug crime conviction can decimate a person's life, resulting in a criminal record, a broken family and a bad reputation.

Doctor headed to prison for selling narcotic prescriptions

Crimes involving drugs often include illegal narcotics like crack cocaine, methamphetamine and other street drugs. However, some legal prescription drugs are narcotics and may be addictive and harmful. It is becoming more common to see drug charges related to prescription medicine when those drugs are not prescribed or used as intended.

New Jersey couple arrested for marijuana possession

Drug offenses generally carry severe penalties, which may include prison time or the suspension of the offender's driver's license. Arrests leading to a subsequent drug charge can result from a routine traffic stop.

Third arrest in Bergen County drug bust

A third person was arrested on Sept. 25 in connection with a sting that resulted in a drug charge bonanza in Maywood, New Jersey. The incident raises questions about how police determined who was responsible for the drugs found at the scene and how suspects can successfully defend themselves in court.

Vehicle search leads to drug charges for North Jersey men

Sometimes a simple traffic stop can lead to more serious criminal charges if the individuals are involved in an alleged illegal act, but police have to have probable cause to search vehicle. If a search of the vehicle yields evidence of illegal activity, then police officers can make arrests unrelated to the initial cause of the stop, as shown in a recent Little Ferry case. But, again, the question of probable cause should always be asked.

Hackensack man, mother both face charges after raid

A Hackensack man and his mother were recently arrested after police executed a search warrant at their Passaic Street home on Aug. 7. The search resulted in drug charges and weapon charges against the 20-year-old man and a child endangerment charge against his 42-year-old mother.

Police cracking down on dice games in Hackensack parks

The city of Hackensack has invested tens of thousands of dollars to renovate local parks. This includes the installation of lighting at an artificial turf at one park and adding a refreshment stand at the clubhouse of another. Although the changes seem to have attracted more people to the area, police are cracking down on certain activities in the park including dice games.

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