In New Jersey, you can be charged with drug possession in a vehicle, if you are found to have controlled, dangerous substances in your possession. You can be accused of this crime, generally a motor vehicle offense, whether you are a driver or passenger. However, if you are the driver of a car, you could face additional charges with severe consequences. Any substance that is considered illegal in the eyes of the law qualifies as a CDS (controlled, dangerous substance). Examples of drugs that can draw this charge include crystal meth, cocaine, marijuana, MDMA, and Molly. Some controlled prescription medications also qualify as CDS, if you do not have a valid prescription for them. Penalties, fines, and consequences of being convicted of this crime are harsh. The right legal representation can provide you with a defense that increases your odds of being found not guilty.
New Jersey's State Burden of Proof in Drug Possession in a Motor Vehicle Cases
When you are charged with drug possession in a vehicle in New Jersey, the burden of proof is the state's responsibility. Specifically, the state must prove 5 facts to earn a conviction.