Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in New Jersey (N.J.S. 2C:36-1)

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Not only is it against the law to possess certain drugs, but it is also against the law to possess drug paraphernalia (when one does not have proper authorization to possess such items). Drug paraphernalia is the name for any instrument that is used to for produce or use drugs. Charges of drug paraphernalia possession often go hand-in-hand with drug possession charges.

If you have been charged with the crime of illegally possessing one of these types of instruments under N.J.S. 2C:36-1, you will need strong legal counsel to help you take steps for avoiding conviction. This is where our law firm, The Law Offices of Christopher G. Porreca, P.C., steps in. Our Parsippany criminal defense attorney has thorough knowledge of the drug laws in this states, as well as of what the most effective defense tactics are for drug cases. Learn more about New Jersey's drug paraphernalia laws by reading the information provided below.

Drug Paraphernalia Definition and Penalties

Under New Jersey law (N.J.S. 2C:36-1), drug paraphernalia is defined as materials, equipment or products that are used to carry out actions with controlled substances that include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Growing
  • Harvesting
  • Producing
  • Processing
  • Testing
  • Storing
  • Packing/Repackaging
  • Concealing
  • Inhaling
  • Ingesting

Examples of drug paraphernalia include pipes, bongs, scales, separation gins and sifters, miniature spoons and roach clips, just to name a few. Various factors can be used to consider whether or not an object should be considered drug paraphernalia. A few of these factors include the following: the proximity of the object to controlled or dangerous substances, residue of such substances on the object, statements made by the owner or the individual who was in control of the object, and instructions that come with the object concerning its use.

According to New Jersey law, it is considered a disorderly persons offense to possess drug paraphernalia with the intent to use it. Furthermore, possessing drug paraphernalia with the intent to distribute or manufacture is considered a crime in the fourth degree.

If you are facing drug paraphernalia charges or any kind of drug charges in the state of New Jersey, do not hesitate to contact our firm. We are prepared to aggressively advocate on your behalf so that you can have the best chance of protecting your future!

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