Ewing Drug Paraphernalia Attorney
Just like it is illegal to possess a controlled dangerous substance (“CDS”), it is illegal to possess items used to ingest or consume drugs illegally. These items are known as drug paraphernalia and possession results in a separate criminal offense under N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2. If you are facing this charge in Ewing New Jersey, it is in your best interest to retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer so that you avoid a record and penalties that result from a conviction. Contact The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall today to speak to a skilled attorney attorney in a free initial consultation. Our attorneys have over 1oo years of combined experience to utilize on your behalf, including countless drug paraphernalia cases having been handled in Ewing Township and other Mercer County municipalities. We can be reached 24/7 at 609–683–8102.Drug Paraphernalia Offense in Ewing New Jersey
Drug paraphernalia refers to any item used in the process of cultivating, manufacturing, transporting, or consuming illegal drugs. Many of these items have legal uses as well and because of this, the court must prove that a piece of alleged paraphernalia was using in conjunction with an illegal drug in order to find a defendant guilty. Possession of drug paraphernalia is a disorderly persons offense, the penalties for which are a jail term of up to six months and a fine of up to $1,000. Individuals convicted of this offense also have their driver’s licenses suspended for two years.
Certain items are commonly deemed to be pieces of drug paraphernalia. They may, however, also have legal uses. Below are a few examples of items commonly assumed to be drug paraphernalia.
- Pipes & One Hitters. These items are used for smoke both tobacco and marijuana. Pipes can be simple or elaborate and they may also be used to consume crack cocaine or heroin.
- Grinders. Herb grinders are metal devices used to grind tobacco, marijuana, cocaine and substances so that they are finer in composition. It is illegal to possess a grinder when its use is to prepare or ingest drugs/cds illegally.
- Scales. Small countertop scales are used to weigh out portions of drugs for buyers. They are also used to weigh out portions of food.
- Syringes and Needles. Syringes and needles are most often assumed to be associated with heroin use. But they have many other uses, such as injecting prescription medication.
- Empty Bags and Other Containers. An empty plastic baggie can be assumed to have carried an illegal substance, potentially saddling an individual with a drug paraphernalia charge. Other containers, such as plastic food containers or glass jars, can also be assumed to have been used to store or transport an illegal drug.
Our criminal attorneys include former prosecutors and a defense team that has been appearing in Ewing Municipal Court for decades. We have the tools to proactively work so that you avert a negative outcome. You are encouraged to contact the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall to take advantage of a free consultation with a lawyer on our staff. To speak to a lawyer now, call 609–683–8102.