Cherry Hill NJ Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Lawyer
Drug Charges Defense Attorney in Camden County, New Jersey
Despite the fact that it may seem minor, possession of drug paraphernalia is a very serous charge that can carry significant consequences that will have an affect on many aspects of your life. A conviction will leave a mark on your record that could affect future educational and employment opportunities. You may also receive jail time, fines, and probation. If you have been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, you will need talented and experienced criminal defense attorney to help you get the most desirable outcome in your case.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison have had tremendous success handling a huge volume of cases for years in Camden County including Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Gloucester, and Winslow Township. Also, one of the members of our criminal defense team is a former county prosecutor in New Jersey who used to prosecute drug charges for the State which means we know what kinds of arguments the prosecution might make. If you have been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, having an attorney who knows what it takes to potentially beat the charges against you is imperative. Call the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison at 866-721-9510 anytime for a free initial consultation.
New Jersey Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Statute: N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in New Jersey is explained under N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2. It states:
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.
What is considered drug paraphernalia is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:36-1. It says:
“Drug paraphernalia” means all equipment, products and materials of any kind which are used or intended for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing 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.
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Penalties in New Jersey
Since possession of drug paraphernalia is a disorderly persons offense, the case will be handled in the municipal court in the municipality where the offense took place. Penalties if found guilty can include:
- Up to 6 months in the county jail.
- Up to a $1,000.00 fine.
- Permanent criminal charge on your record.
- Six-month suspension of your driving privileges in the State of New Jersey.
Note: If your license has been suspended, you can file a hardship application to keep your license if you can provide a good reason. Also, if you do not have a prior record, you are probably eligible for the Conditional Discharge Program. Upon successful completion of the program, the charges will be dropped.
Contact a Gloucester NJ Drug Paraphernalia Possession Lawyer for a Free Consultation
The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Leonard Biddison are always available to speak with you about your case and begin to formulate an aggressive strategy to defend you against a possession of drug paraphernalia charge. Our criminal defense team understands the details of the law in New Jersey and we will use this knowledge to help you best defend against these charges. Call us today at 866-721-9510 for a free initial consultation about your case.