East Windsor NJ Drug Paraphernalia Attorney
Possession of drug paraphernalia is a criminal offense in New Jersey. It is a distinct offense from drug possession in that it is the act of possessing and using everyday items in conjunction with illegal drug use. If you have been charged with the possession of drug paraphernalia, contact our team at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall today to start working on your case’s defense with us. We are a team of experienced drug charge defense lawyers with more than 100 years of combined legal experience.Drug Paraphernalia Offense in East Windsor New Jersey
Drug paraphernalia is defined under N.J.S.A. 2C:36-1 to include any object used in conjunction with the use of a controlled dangerous substance, but typically, it refers to a specific set of items. To convict a defendant of possession of drug paraphernalia in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2, the court must prove that the paraphernalia was used to consume an illegal drug.
Possession of drug paraphernalia is a disorderly persons offense that falls under the jurisdiction of the East Windsor Municipal Court. A conviction for this violation is a disorderly persons offense that results in a fine of up to $1,000, up to 6 months in jail and a 6-24 month driver’s license suspension. Below are a few objects commonly deemed to be drug paraphernalia. Each of them has legal uses as well, and this can be part of your legal defense strategy if you are facing a possession of drug paraphernalia charge.Pipe
Pipes are used for smoking tobacco as well as illegal substances like heroin, marijuana, and crack cocaine. Similarly, other smoking apparatuses like bongs and vaporizers may be deemed to be drug paraphernalia if they are proven to have been used to consume illegal substances.Grinder
Herb grinders, like pipes, can be used to grind tobacco to make it finer and easier to smoke. Also like pipes, they can be used to achieve the same result with marijuana buds.Syringe/Needle
Injectable drugs, such as heroin, are associated with syringes and needles. But these objects have many other uses as well, such as the injection of legal medication into humans and pets, creative cooking techniques, and feeding small animals that are not yet weaned.Scale
Kitchen scales are often used by drug dealers to weigh out packages of drugs for their buyers. They are also used by dieters to portion meals and cooks to obtain accurate measurements of their ingredients before preparing a meal.Empty Bags
Empty bags can be assumed to have once contained illegal substances, but this is not always the case. An empty bag could have contained anything, and it might have contained an illegal substance before it was given to the party accused of drug paraphernalia possession.East Windsor Township Drug Paraphernalia Defense Attorneys
When you are facing a drug paraphernalia possession charge, you need a strong legal defense strategy to give your case the best possible chance of resulting in your charge being lowered or dropped. Work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer to give your case this chance. Contact the team of attorneys at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall today to schedule your initial consultation in our office. Our firm has been widely recognized by publications such as the Top 10 Criminal Attorneys in NJ by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the Ten Leaders in NJ Criminal Defense.