Princeton NJ Drug Paraphernalia Possession Lawyer
With Offices in Trenton and Pennington
Marijuana possession charges are often accompanied by drug paraphernalia charges. That’s because people who use marijuana are more likely to be in possession of bongs, pipes, or other equipment used to smoke marijuana. In fact, it is common for NJ prosecutors to use a drug paraphernalia charge as leverage on the more serious drug charges. However, do not make the mistake of thinking that a drug paraphernalia charge by itself is “no big deal.” If you are convicted, you will have to explain a drug crime conviction on your permanent record. This can cause long-term problems for you because your record may be accessed by current and future employers.
Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson has been representing clients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for more than 40 years. Our skilled criminal defense lawyers have won countless cases for clients accused of drug paraphernalia possession in Mercer County, NJ, including Pennington, Princeton, and Hamilton. Our mission is to provide clients with the best possible outcome for their legal issues. That’s why we will do whatever it takes to help you beat your charges and avoid a criminal record. Call KCR now to discuss your drug paraphernalia case with a member of our litigation team.
Drug Paraphernalia Charges in Mercer County
Drug paraphernalia charges are governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2. It is against the law to use or possess drug paraphernalia to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, conceal, ingest, inhale, or otherwise introduce into the human body any illegal drug.
NJ prosecutors interpret the statute broadly so that many different items qualify as “drug paraphernalia.” Drug paraphernalia generally falls into one of several different categories:
- Kits used for planting or growing plants from which a CDS can be derived
- Kits used to manufacture a CDS
- Devices used to increase the potency of a CDS
- Testing equipment used to analyze the strength or purity of a CDS
- Scales and balances used to weigh or measure a CDS
- Dilutants and adulterants used to cut a CDS
- Sifters used to remove twigs and seeds from marijuana
- Blenders, bowls, containers, spoons, and mixing devices use to compound a CDS
- Capsules, balloons, envelopes, and other containers used to package smalls quantities of a CDS
- Containers used to store or conceal a CDS
- Objects used to ingest or inhale a CDS
When determining whether a particular item constitutes “drug paraphernalia,” law enforcement may consider the proximity of the item to any illegal drugs. A bowl or spoon obviously has legitimate uses that don’t necessarily involve drugs; however, if the bowl or spoon was found next to a bag of marijuana and cutting agents, you could be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Penalties for Drug Paraphernalia Possession in Mercer County
Possession of drug paraphernalia is considered a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey. This means that the charges will most likely be heard in the local municipal court – unless you have also been charged with felony level drug charges, in which case you will probably have to appear in the county superior court.
A conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia may result in a sentence of up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Additionally, the court may suspend your driving privileges in the State of New Jersey for 6 months–2 years. Worse yet, New Jersey does not offer work or hardship licenses, so you will not be able to drive at all during the period of your license suspension.
Enhanced Penalties for Distributing Drug Paraphernalia in Trenton
Anyone convicted of distributing or dispensing drug paraphernalia may face enhanced penalties. That’s because this offense is classified as a fourth degree felony. Drug paraphernalia distribution charges are heard in the county superior court and can result in a sentence of up to 18 months in NJ State Prison.
Free Consultation with a Lawrence Drug Paraphernalia Attorney
Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson is prepared to assist you with your drug paraphernalia case. Call us today to speak with a member of our litigation team, or fill out the online contact form to schedule a meeting at our Trenton or Pennington offices.