Four people were arrested in Bayonne’s Dennis P. Collins Park after police responded to a report that shots had been fired, according to a recent article in The Jersey Journal.
According to authorities, police received calls about a fight near First Street and Island View Court on a Tuesday afternoon. Residents in the area stated that they had heard gunfire near the park, but that the people involved in the fight had left the area. Residents also described vehicles that left the scene.
Police tracked down one of the vehicles to the intersection of First Street and Broadway and arrested its occupants, a Jersey City man and two men from Bayonne. They faced multiple drug charges after police also claimed to have found marijuana, cocaine, and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle.
The second vehicle was located as well and its driver, a Bayonne resident, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a prohibited weapon. He allegedly had both marijuana and a five-inch knife in his car. Police did not find any guns in either vehicle.
Both gun and drug crimes are treated seriously in New Jersey and can carry a wide range of penalties, including jail or prison time, probation, and other obligations. Drug crimes, in particular, can be complex, as a drug charge may be filed even though you had no actual substances at the time. For instance, a drug charge in New Jersey can be based on claims that you possessed “drug paraphernalia” used in relation to certain drugs, even if the drugs themselves were not present.
Because every charge is based on a unique set of circumstances, having an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side is often your best option for protecting your legal rights, determining which defenses to the charges are available, and building the strongest possible case for yourself.
The best response to any criminal charge is to act, not to react. Working with an experienced attorney gains you an ally who will fight for the best possible outcome in your case. Contact criminal defense attorney Jill R. Cohen by calling 856-242-7177 or by filling out her online contact form to schedule a consultation today.
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