Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in New Jersey (N.J.S. 2C:36-1)
Competitive Defense from a Parsippany Drug Crime Lawyer
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
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:
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!