The Tormey Law Firm Fights Loitering in a Drug Zone Charges in Plainfield, NJ
Travis J. Tormey recently represented a client in Plainfield, NJ who had been charged with loitering in a drug zone. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:33-2.1, wandering in a drug zone is a disorderly persons offense. However, because it is a drug crime, a conviction could have done serious damage to our client’s future.
In this case, our client had no prior criminal record whatsoever, but he was still facing up to six months in county jail, a $1,000 fine, and a permanent criminal charge on his record. The circumstances of the arrest were as follows: An undercover officer allegedly saw our client and another man in a vehicle and believed that a drug transaction was occurring. The officers stormed the vehicle and searched both parties. Only the passenger had a small amount of marijuana, not our client. However, the police still charged our client with loitering in a drug zone with the purpose to purchase drugs. Mr. Tormey was able convince the prosecutor that insufficient evidence existed to prove this charge against our client beyond a reasonable doubt. As a result, the charges were dismissed. This outcome represented a major victory for the Tormey Law Firm.
If you are facing drug charges in New Jersey, contact Morristown NJ criminal defense attorney Alissa D. Hascup for a free consultation about your case.