Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Law Offices of Leon Matchin, LLC has been defending those accused of possession of drug paraphernalia in New Jersey for ten years. Under New Jersey statute N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2, it is unlawful to possess for use drug paraphernalia (with the intent to grow, harvest, prepare, store, or ingest a dangerous controlled substance).
Penalties for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Being caught in possession of drug paraphernalia is a disorderly person’s offense; as such the potential penalties include:
- Up to 6 Months in Prison
- A Fine of $500-$1,000 (depending on the surrounding circumstances)
- Suspension of Your Driver’s License for Up to 2 Years
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Charge
Please note that this charge differs from Possession of CDS and to be convicted you do not have to be in possession of drugs, only drug-related accessories like marijuana pipes, bongs, scales, plastic baggies, rolling papers, syringes, cutting agents, or prescription pads.
A common strategy in fighting a possession of drug paraphernalia case is a conditional discharge; a diversionary program in municipal court that exists for first time drug offenders. If qualified, the drug charges against the defendant may be dismissed after a year of being placed on probation provided that defendant passes all administered drug tests and does not get arrested during the 1 year period.
Call the Law Office of Leon Matchin, LLC Today
The Law Offices of Leon Matchin, LLC has more than ten years of experience successfully defending drug related cases in Central New Jersey. If you have been accused of possession of drug paraphernalia, contact our firm today to protect your rights and freedom. After a thorough review of your case and the circumstances surrounding it, The Law Offices of Leon Matchin, LLC will fight to have the charges dismissed by way of motion practice or downgraded to a lesser charge. As with any disorderly person’s offense, a misdemeanor conviction of possession of drug paraphernalia requires your immediate attention. Contact the Law Offices of Leon Matchin, LLC today for a free consultation and learn how we can help protect your rights at (732) 662-7658.