The governor of New Jersey has signed a law that makes possession of up to one ounce of psilocybin, also known as “magic mushrooms,” a disorderly persons (misdemeanor) level offense. It was previously considered a third degree indictable crime.
In New Jersey, a defendant who is charged with a disorderly persons offense faces a jail sentence of up to six months and up to a $1,000 fine.
Disorderly persons offenses are handled in municipal court and are considered some of the more serious violations to be heard in municipal court.
Additionally, an arrest and/or conviction for a disorderly persons offense would also appear on your background check, which could make it difficult to obtain employment unless the charge is dropped or expunged from your record.
However, an experienced attorney may be able to help you defend your case in court to avoid a conviction. Jason T. Komninos, Esq. has a track record of helping clients avoid the maximum penalties of disorderly persons offense in municipal court.
If you have been charged with a disorderly persons offense, contact the Law Office of Jason T. Komninos to schedule a consultation at 201-343-4622.