Edison NJ Drug Paraphernalia Attorney
Whenever someone is charged with a drug offense in Edison, there is a high probability that any companion complaints will include possession of drug paraphernalia. This is particularly true when it comes to marijuana and heroin as neither are typically ingested other than through a smoking device or injection using a needle/syringe. As one of the largest criminal defense firms in not only Middlesex County but the entire state of New Jersey, our attorneys represent a high number of individuals charged with a drug paraphernalia offense each year. Our experience includes not only defending those accused of paraphernalia violations but also considerable time prosecuting these cases prior to entering the defense bar. We know how to successfully defend a Edison drug paraphernalia charge and are available to discuss what we believe the best approach is for a win in Edison Municipal Court. Call us for a free consultation at 732-248-7675.
Possession or Use of Drug Paraphernalia
The law that prohibits possession of drug paraphernalia is contained at N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2. This statute also makes it illegal to use drug paraphernalia. The term “drug paraphernalia” is defined under N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2 as almost anything that can be utilized by someone to smoke, consume or ingest a controlled dangerous substances. Common examples of objects that satisfy this definition include pipes, rolling papers, roach clips, grinders, scales, plastic and glassine bags, and devices to conceal drugs. A violation of 2C:36-2 is a disorderly persons offense that can result in various penalties being imposed by one of the Edison Municipal Court judges. At the time of sentencing you can be fined $1,000, place on probation, and/or sentenced to up to 6 months in the county jail. The judge is also required to suspend your privilege to drive in New Jersey for 6 months. The driver’s license suspension escalates to 2 years if you are convicted to possession of CDS in a motor vehicle under N.J.S.A. 39:4-49.1
Possession of a Syringe or Hypodermic Needle
N.J.S.A. 2C:36-6 applies where the form of drug paraphernalia is a hypodermic syringe or needle. A violation of this provision is also a disorderly persons offense if you are facing this Edison township charge. N.J.S.A. 2C:36-6 provides that “it shall be unlawful for a person to have under his control or possess with intent to use a hypodermic syringe, hypodermic needle or any other instrument adapted for the use of a controlled dangerous substance” except where it has been obtained in accordance with a valid prescription. The penalties that apply to this offense are the same as previously set for 2C:36-2 violations.
Drug Paraphernalia Defense Lawyers in Edison Township
Possessing or use any form of drug paraphernalia can result in consequences that can clearly affect your future. A conviction not only results in a record to be seen by everyone performing a background investigation but also results in penalties that include a mandatory license suspension of at least 6 months. It is advisable for you to consult with our firm if you are facing a drug paraphernalia offense as the discuss is not only free but also because we are successfully in escape conviction under 2c:36-2 in most cases. These outcomes can be achieved through conditional discharge, pretrial intervention or a direct attack on the charge that results in a dismissal. To discuss how we can assist you in a similar manner, call us at 732-248-7675 to speak to one of our lawyers.