Princeton NJ Discarding a Hypodermic Needle or Syringe Attorneys
With Offices in Trenton and Pennington, NJ
Although the majority of drug offenses in the State of New Jersey involve the possession or distribution of controlled dangerous substances (CDS), New Jersey lawmakers have also made it illegal for anyone to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. One of the most common items in these cases is a hypodermic needle or hypodermic syringe. Unfortunately, NJ lawmakers have made it difficult for individuals to get rid of these items if they are already in possession of them. It doesn’t seem fair, but you can actually be charged with a disorderly persons offense and face jail time simply for discarding of a hypodermic needle or syringe in an unregulated manner.
Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson is a highly respected law firm that has been representing clients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania since 1972. During that time, we have helped our clients fight drug charges throughout Mercer County, NJ, including Hopewell Township, Ewing, and Robbinsville. Our criminal defense team includes a New Jersey Certified Civil Trial Attorney and a New Jersey “Super Lawyer” who has been recognized as one of the top attorneys in the state. Contact KCR now to speak with a member of our litigation team and begin your defense.
Criminal Charges for Discarding a Hypodermic Needle in Mercer County, New Jersey
N.J.S.A. 2C:36-6.1 makes it illegal for a person to discard a hypodermic needle or syringe without first destroying the instrument. It is a requirement of the law that anyone charged under this statute must have discarding the needle or syringe in a place which was accessible to other persons. However, this does not mean that a person will avoid charges if they dispose of the needle or syringe on their own property. In fact, a person can be charged under the statute simply for allowing intact needles or syringes to remain on their property after the instruments have been discarded or abandoned.
The law requiring the safe and regulated disposal of hypodermic needle and syringes exists because these devices pose serious health risks. Additionally, the law is a direct acknowledgement that these kinds of needles and syringes are commonly used to inject heroin into a person’s bloodstream; as such, these instruments can’t be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.
Penalties for Discarding Hypodermic Needle in Hamilton, NJ
The law classifies discarding a hypodermic needle as a petty disorderly persons offense. This means that an offender is potentially subject to a sentence of up to 30 days in the local county jail and a fine of up to $500.
There are also collateral consequences to a conviction for illegally discarding a hypodermic needle in New Jersey. In addition to potentially facing jail time, you could also end up with a drug offense conviction on your permanent record. This is the sort of thing that can haunt you for the rest of your life. Not only could your career choices be adversely affected; you might also be disqualified from public housing opportunities, federal student financial aid eligibility, and travel to foreign countries.
Fighting a Hypodermic Needle Charge in Trenton, New Jersey
The good news is that New Jersey judges have a great deal of discretion when imposing sentences for drug offenses like discarding a hypodermic needle. In most hypodermic needle cases involving first-time offenders, the judge will not impose a jail sentence. However, you still might be looking at a period of probation, as well as other requirements such as drug testing. If you fail to fulfill the requirements of your probation, you could be headed to jail.
Contact Lawrence NJ Hypodermic Syringe Lawyers
The criminal defense lawyers at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson are ready to challenge your charges for discarding a hypodermic needle or syringe. Call us today to discuss your case over the phone, or fill out the online contact form to schedule a free consultation at our offices in Trenton or Pennington.