Highstown NJ Drug Paraphernalia Lawyer
It is illegal to use or possess drug paraphernalia in Hightstown and any other municipality in Mercer County. If you were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia by the Hightstown Police Department , the penalties you face are the same as those involved with possessing a controlled dangerous substance (“cds”). The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall can definitely help you combat this charge and have over a century of combined experience to put into use on your behalf, including a unique perspective as former prosecutors. There is no doubt that a lawyer with the skills to escape a criminal record and other consequences of a conviction is here at our firm. To discuss the circumstances surrounding your arrest, contact our office for a free consultation with one of our lawyers. An attorney is ready to assist you 24/7 at 609–683–8102.Drug Paraphernalia Offense in Hightstown New Jersey
N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2 makes it illegal to use or possess with the intent to use, any item that is considered “drug paraphernalia”. An item falls within this category if it is used to produce, pack, store, measure, process, conceal, ingest, smoke or is otherwise associated with unlawful use or possession of CDS/drugs. A wide array of objects can potentially fall within the definition of drug paraphernalia and certain items are set forth specifically under N.J.S.A. 2C:36-1. In this regard, a pipe, bong, syringe, grinder, scale, baggies and prescription pads are just a few of the items that are considered drug paraphernalia.
Penalties for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. A violation of 2C:36-2 in Hightstown is a disorderly persons offense. This charge results in a 2C criminal record that every employer, licensing board or other entity having a need to perform a background check will see. You will also be subject to a fine of up to $1,000 and up to 6 months of incarceration at the Mercer County Jail. A person convicted for possessing drug paraphernalia in Highstown is also required to forfeit his/her driver’s license for a period of at least six months and as much as 2 years.
First Time Offenders. A first-time offender may be eligible for Conditional Discharge of his/her drug paraphernalia charge. This is a diversion program that allows an individual to avoid prosecution for a paraphernalia offense or possession of drugs in Hightstown, provided they remain arrest free, submit to random drug testing and other terms of probation for a period that is typically one year.Hightstown Drug Paraphernalia Possession Defense Attorney
A drug paraphernalia charge is something that often gets overlooked as if it is minor. This is a mistake for those facing this offense in Hightstown or any other town since the consequences of a guilty plea or finding can be serious, especially the resulting criminal record and driver’s license suspension. An attorney on the defense team of our firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, can certainly help you avoid these ramifications. We are former prosecutors that have defended countless drug paraphernalia possession charges, including in Hightstown. To speak to a lawyer with the skills to help you win your paraphernalia case, call us at 609–683–8102.