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What are the penalties for marijuana possession in New Jersey?

Copy-of-Fotolia_80752093_L-768x512.jpgIn New Jersey, it is unlawful to obtain or possess a controlled substance unless that substance was obtained by a valid prescription from a practitioner. Despite other states recently legalizing marijuana, New Jersey still considers marijuana a controlled dangerous substance for which you cannot obtain a prescription. As a result, there significant penalties for its possession within New Jersey.

Speeding Violations and New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission

Copy-of-Fotolia_80752093_L-768x512.jpgIn New Jersey, receiving a ticket for speeding not only results in fines, but also motor vehicle penalty points that accumulate with each violation. The number of points a driver receives increases with excess speeds within New Jersey. A driver who is ticketed going between 1 and 14 miles per hour over the speed limit will receive 2 penalty points. A driver ticketed for driving 15 to 29 miles per hour in excess of the speed limit will receive 4 penalty points. A driver going in excess of 30 miles per hour over the speed limit will receive 5 penalty points. A New Jersey license holder may also be assessed 2 points by the motor vehicle commission if they receive a speeding violation outside of the state.

Reckless Driving in New Jersey

driver-1149997_960_720-768x512.jpgIn New Jersey, a person is guilty of reckless driving if they "drive[] a vehicle heedlessly, in willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others, in a manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, a person property[.]" N.J.S.A. 39:4-96. If property is damaged or a person is injured, it may be strong evidence of reckless driving. However, there does not need to be any damage or injury to be guilty of reckless driving.

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