What are some of the most common offenses in NJ?

Some of the most common crimes occurring in New Jersey are:

  • Theft – Unlawfully removing property from the possession of someone else without using force, violence or fraud.
  • Burglary – Unlawfully entering a structure such as a home or business in order to commit any offense however minor.
  • Robbery – The successful or attempted removal of someone’s property by force, threat of force or violence.
  • Criminal mischief – Willfully damaging property belonging to someone else, whether an individual, business or other entity.
  • Aggravated assault – A physical attack on someone else with the intent of inflicting severe injury.
  • Simple assault – This refers to a limited physical use of force that results in little or no injury to the victim.
  • Possession of weapons – The possession of illegal or controlled weapons without the necessary licenses.
  • Drug possession – The possession of an illegal or controlled substance.
  • Shoplifting – Unlawfully removing merchandise from a retail establishment without the knowledge or consent of the seller without paying for it.
  • Aggravated assault on a police officer – Can be as minor as a simple assault but is more serious since it is on a police officer.

If you are facing any of these charges or other criminal charges, it’s vital that you speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. The State of New Jersey’s law enforcement is zealous in pursuit of prosecuting criminal charges and with the right attorney at your side, you can be assured of a strategic, robust defense that will get you the best possible results – whether you choose to negotiate a plea deal or take your case to trial.

What cases will your criminal defense lawyer defend? 

While some attorneys are specialists in certain fields, others have the experience and knowledge to fight a wide range of criminal cases – and win. Respected by judges and prosecutors, Dennis Calo is a former prosecutor with over 40 years of legal expertise in defending criminal cases that include:

  • Homicide
  • Sex crimes
  • Drug crimes
  • Marijuana possession
  • Theft
  • Fraud
  • Assault and battery
  • Domestic violence
  • DWI/DUI offenses

No matter if you are facing a crime or a minor charge, you can rest assured that our legal team has the knowledge and legal resources to fight your case aggressively – the way you deserve. Even the most minor conviction will result in a permanent criminal record that can affect you and your family for life, so give your rights and your reputation the best possible protection.

The consultation and case evaluation is free, so contact us and speak to criminal defense lawyer Dennis Calo now.


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7 things to know about marijuana possession

Over the last few years, laws throughout the United States have changed dramatically regarding marijuana use and possession, with some states legalizing medical and recreational use, and others continuing to implement harsh laws. To avoid confusion and facing serious penalties, read this information from a leading New Jersey marijuana defense attorney.

  1. The State of New Jersey allows the use of medical marijuana: New Jersey’s laws allow the use of medical marijuana for certain conditions, including cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis and other severe conditions. This is available under specific conditions from state-licensed dispensaries at a limit of two ounces a month.
  2. Possession of 50g or less is a minor offense: This is categorized as a disorderly person offense and can carry up to 6 months incarceration and a fine of up to $1,000.
  3. Possession of more than 50g is a serious offense: Categorized as a 4th degree crime, this can incur up to 18 months incarceration and a fine of up to $25,000.
  4. Possession within 1000 feet of a school: This adds 100 hours of community service to a sentence with an additional fine.
  5. First time disorderly person offenders have access to a diversionary program: This is known as Conditional Discharge and usually involves drug testing instead of jail time and removing the offense from the individual’s personal record as long as the drug tests are consistently negative and other rules are followed.
  6. How New Jersey treats distribution or possession with intent to distribute: These punishments vary according to the amount of marijuana for sale or distribution as well as the nature of the buyers (for example, minors or pregnant women carry more severe penalties) and the proximity of the crime to certain public property. This can range from a 4th degree crime carrying 18 months incarceration and a fine of up to $25,000 for less than one ounce to a 1st degree crime carrying 10-20 years incarceration and a fine of up to $300,000 for 25 lbs or more.
  7. Even the smallest possession charge can destroy your future: Something as simple as marijuana paraphernalia, traces of marijuana and even finding a joint on your property can land you in a significant amount of trouble with law enforcement. Without the right legal advice and representation, even the most minor marijuana possession charge could go down on your permanent record, your driving license can be revoked and you will have to live with a lifelong stigma that can destroy your family and career.

Don’t let a marijuana possession charge ruin your future – speak to the right attorney today

Marijuana possession and distribution charges are zealously pursued by law enforcement, and whether you simply found yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time, were set up by an informant or arrested as a result of a misunderstanding, these charges bring severe penalties as well as lifelong repercussions. As a marijuana defense attorney and former prosecutor, Dennis Calo knows exactly what it takes to properly challenge these charges, build the strongest possible defense and do what it takes to minimize the impact a conviction could have on your future.

Skilled at investigating cases, preparing defenses and representing clients at trial, Dennis treats each case with the individual attention and dedication that it deserves. From the moment you call, to developing your strategy and fighting your charges, he will be there each step of the way.

If you want a trusted and highly recognized attorney to defend your marijuana charges professionally and aggressively, ask us for a free case evaluation. Your freedom deserves a fight, contact Dennis Calo today.


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