Bloomfield NJ Drug Paraphernalia Attorney
Drug paraphernalia charges are commonly seen in New Jersey courts because the statute casts a broad net over numerous acts or object which may be used to ingest or store an illegal drug. This includes but is not limited to items such as rolling papers, roach clip, plastic bags, jars or even straw-like objects. Drug paraphernalia charges may also supplement charges such as distribution or possession of marijuana, cocaine and/or heroin depending on the circumstances. A conviction of drug paraphernalia, although it may sound less severe than that of possession of an illegal drug, still carries the stigma of a drug charge. As a result of the conviction, the charge will appear on your permanent criminal record and may prevent you from obtaining employment or make employment possibilities that more difficult. Our law office represents clients with drug paraphernalia charges throughout New Jersey including Weehawken, Nutley, Kearny, Belleville, Jersey City, Hoboken, Bayonne and Union City. If you would like to consult with an experience drug paraphernalia attorney please contact our Jersey City office at (201) 793-8018.
NJ Drug Paraphernalia 2C:36-2 Statute
The New Jersey statute for crime of drug paraphernalia is provided below:
§ 2C:36-2. Use or possession with intent to use, disorderly persons offense
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.
As stated above, possession of drug paraphernalia is considered a disorderly persons offense or misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 6 months in jail, probation, loss of driver’s license, and a thousand dollar fine.
Drug Paraphernalia Defense Lawyers
Even if no drugs are recovered at the time of the arrest, police officers may still charge you with possessing drug paraphernalia. Because drug paraphernalia falls under the statutes for drug crimes, the State takes the charge seriously and will not offer plea bargaining. In order to properly handle a drug paraphernalia charge, it is crucial to have an experienced criminal defense attorney who can address suppression issues such as illegal search and seizure making it more difficult for the prosecutor to prove criminal intent beyond a reasonable doubt. More importantly, an experienced criminal lawyer can help you obtain acceptance into a Conditional Discharge program with the goal of getting your charges dismissed upon completion of the program. William A. Proetta, Esq. has represented thousands of criminal and municipal court charges throughout the years and has vast experience handling drug paraphernalia charges. Our office defends clients throughout the Hudson County area including Secaucus, Guttenberg, West New York, North Bergen, Harrison and Newark. For a free consultation to discuss your drug paraphernalia charge, call our Jersey City office at (201) 793-8018.