In New Jersey, it is illegal to possess drug paraphernalia. In fact, N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2 says “it is unlawful to possess for use drug paraphernalia (with the intent to grow, harvest, prepare, store, or ingest a dangerous controlled substance).” Therefore, if you are charged with possessing drug paraphernalia it’s time to contact Leon Matchin, a New Jersey attorney. He is very experienced as a New Jersey attorney helping those that are overwhelmed. He works to get their penalties dropped or downgraded. Read on for more information about drug paraphernalia and how it can get you in trouble with the law.
What is Considered Drug Paraphernalia?
Drug paraphernalia is anything that is considered a drug-related accessory. This includes items such as pipes, bongs, scales, plastic baggies, and rolling papers. Others include syringes, cutting agents, and prescription pads. In addition, even if no drugs are present, you can still be charged for just having these items.
Penalties for A Paraphernalia Charge and Your New Jersey Attorney
Possessing drug paraphernalia is a completely different charge than possessing a controlled dangerous substance (CDS). When caught with drug paraphernalia, someone can receive up to 6 months in prison. Additionally, there is a potential fine of $500-$1,000. This includes suspension of their driver’s license for up to 2 years. The charge is categorized as a disorderly person’s offense. Often this charge can be fought. The defendant must agree to be placed on probation for a year. However, charges against them are often dropped if they pass all drug tests and are not arrested within that one-year period.
There are various other defenses that an attorney can use. For example, say the client had drug paraphernalia because they took it away from a friend intending to use drugs with it. In this case, the defendant may have been trying to help by possessing the paraphernalia. They didn’t actually have any intention of using it.
Being charged with possession of drug paraphernalia may lead to jail time. In addition, it can result in a fine, and license suspension. However, instead of navigating these charges alone, call a New Jersey attorney like Leon Matchin to help. He has years of experience helping people with drug-related charges. He will carefully study your case and evidence. Leon Matchin aims to get your charges dropped or at least downgraded. Call Leon Matchin today at 732-887-2479, or contact him via email at [email protected] for more information about the services he can provide.