Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in New Jersey
The state of New Jersey is not high on drugs. While medical marijuana is legal with severe restrictions, recreational marijuana is still highly illegal, and offenders are dealt with harshly. New Jersey shows some leniency toward marijuana, but when it comes to harder stuff along the lines of meth, heroin and opioids, New Jersey courts have little tolerance, and that extends all the way down to just possessing the means to produce or consume drugs: Pipes, baggies, scales, hypodermic needles, spoons, etc.
If you have been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia Monmouth County drug paraphernalia attorney Tara Breslow-Testa is the first person you should talk to. Born, bred and educated (JD Rutgers) in New Jersey, Tara Breslow-Testa has experience on both sides of the bench and both sides of the aisle: Clerking for the Honorable Donald J. Volkert, Jr., serving as an Assistant Deputy Public Defender in Union County and then trial court in Monmouth County.
Now in private practice, Tara Breslow-Testa handles dozens of drug crimes a year - from defending people accused of leading a drug trafficking network, all the way down to people arrested for possessing a pipe, or a hypodermic needle or some other drug paraphernalia. Tara Breslow-Testa understands the philosophy of the New Jersey courts when it comes to drugs: prevent and rehabilitate where possible, punish where required.
For a free consultation, contact Tara Breslow-Testa at (732) 784-2880.What is Drug Paraphernalia?
The statutes for drug paraphernalia can be found under N.J.S.A 2C:36-2: “It shall be 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.”
Drug paraphernalia can be any of the following - a pipe, bong, plastic baggies, scale, syringes, rolling papers, cutting agents, capsules, or spoons. It’s a pretty easy test. A drug paraphrenalia attorney serving Monmouth County, Tara Breslow-Testa says it’s simple: If you are using something to produce, divide or consume illegal drugs - that is drug paraphernalia.Possession of Drug Paraphernalia = Disorderly Persons
If you are convicted of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia you will have a disorderly persons offense on your record. In addition, you can lose 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.
Tara Breslow-Testa is a drug paraphernalia attorney serving Monmouth County who you want in your corner when charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. She understands the philosophy of the New Jersey courts, and can negotiate for Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI), Drug Court, conditional discharge or other tributaries - based on your past record, your presentation in court and the temper of the prosecutor and judges.
Whether you’ve been arrested for possession a marijuana pipe or a heroin kit, Monmouth County drug paraphrenalia lawyer Tara Breslow-Testa is who you want in your corner when facing the music.
For a free consultation, contact Tara Breslow-Testa at (732) 784-2880.