North Arlington NJ Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Defense Attorneys
Criminal and DWI Defense Lawyers in Bergen County, New Jersey
Possession of drug paraphernalia is a criminal charge that can be issued in conjunction with another charge, such as possession of marijuana, or on its own, if an individual is found to be in possession of an item such as a bong, bowl, pipe, or grinder. Regardless, possession of drug paraphernalia is a serious charge that can result in fines, a conviction on your criminal record, and even a jail sentence. If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug-related offense such as possession of drug paraphernalia in New Jersey, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
The Tormey Law Firm, with offices in Hackensack, New Jersey, is a criminal defense and drunk driving (DWI) defense practice with extensive experience representing clients charged with drug-related offenses, including heroin possession, possession of marijuana, and prescription drug charges in Bergen County and throughout New Jersey. Mr.Tormey, the firm’s founding partner, and his fellow attorneys appear in local courts across Bergen County on a daily basis, including those in Hasbrouck Heights, Ho-Ho-Kus, and Little Ferry. With offices conveniently located in Hackensack, they serve clients on the front lines of the New Jersey justice system every day and are dedicated to the rights of the accused. To speak with one of these attorneys immediately, contact their offices at (201)-330-4979. This consultation is provided free of charge and they are pleased to assist you with your case.
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2
A criminal charge for possession of drug paraphernalia is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2, which provides, in pertinent part:
§ 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.
Penalties for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in New Jersey
As set forth by the statute above, possession of drug paraphernalia in New Jersey is a disorderly persons offense. This means that a drug paraphernalia case is handled in the local Municipal Court in the municipality in which the alleged crime was committed. Disorderly persons offenses can result in up to six months in the county jail, up to a $1,000 fine, and a permanent criminal charge on your record. This charge also requires a six-month suspension of your driving privileges in the State of New Jersey. A hardship application can be made to avoid the license suspension if good cause can be shown. Additionally, if you have never been convicted of a drug charge in New Jersey or any other state, you may be eligible for the conditional discharge program in New Jersey.
Call the Tormey Law Firm in Hackensack, NJ Today for a Free Consultation
Mr. Tormey recently represented a client charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia in Morris County, New Jersey. Mr. Tormey received the discovery package from the State and isolated an issue that allowed the charges against his client to be dismissed. The State’s lab report came back and the alleged marijuana was not substantial enough to be analyzed. As such, it could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the water bottle confiscated by police was, in fact, drug paraphernalia. Ultimately, Mr. Tormey helped his client avoid jail time by having the charges dismissed. To learn more about how Mr. Tormey and The Tormey Law Firm can assist you with resolving your case, contact their Hackensack, New Jersey offices at (201)-330-4979. You can also use the online contact form to schedule a free consultation.