Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in New Jersey
If you have been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia you will need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. With regards to a drug paraphernalia charge, the statute for this charge can be found under N.J.S.A 2C:36-2, and it provides is relevant part: “it shall be unlawful unlawful for any person to use, or to possess with intent to use, drug paraphernalia to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, conceal, ingest, inhale, or otherwise introduce into the human body a controlled dangerous substance, controlled substance analog or toxic chemical in violation of the provisions of chapter 35 of this title. Any person who violates this section is guilty of a disorderly persons offense.”
What is considered drug paraphernalia? Drug paraphernalia can be any of the following- a pipe, bong, plastic baggies, scale, syringes, rolling papers, cutting agents, capsules, or spoons.
What are the Penalties for Possession of drug paraphernalia in New Jersey?
If you are convicted of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia you will have a disorderly persons offense on your record. In addition, you can loss your license for a minimum of six months and a maximum two years. The maximum jail sentence for a disorderly persons offense is six months. Also, this charge can result with loss of employment and other unforeseen problems in your future. It is important that an experienced criminal defense attorney negotiates a plea deal for you, which could result with a reduction in penalties or possibly no record at all.
Ms. Breslow is experienced in representing individuals who have been charged with drug paraphernalia. She will know how to best handle your case. It is possible that you can be eligible for a conditional discharge. This would mean that the charges would be dismissed after a one year period of probation. If you are charged with other more serious drug offense along with the paraphernalia charge, then you might be eligible Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI). However, PTI is a diversionary program only available in Superior Court.
If you or someone you care about have been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, call Ms. Breslow today and schedule a free consultation to discuss your options. If you have no prior criminal record you will need an experienced attorney to help you maintain a clean record.