New Jersey Criminal Lawyer Discusses the Drug Paraphernalia Law
There is a drug paraphernalia law in the state of New Jersey and it is a disorderly persons offense. It’s fairly serious.
What we often see for drug paraphernalia are the obvious items such as rolling papers, pipes, hypodermic needles, and then the packaging materials, certain types of packaging for heroin, cocaine and marijuana.
Scales are more common in distribution cases but there is a very strong paraphernalia statute against people in the state of New Jersey. It is a disorderly persons offense and it does carry some pretty harsh penalties.
What is a disorderly persons offense?
In the state of New Jersey, there are first-degree crimes, which are the most serious and second, third and fourth degree crimes. In some other states you’d probably call those crimes “felonies.” In the state of New Jersey, they simply call them “indictable offenses.” It’s a case that can go to the grand jury and then be prosecuted by the County Prosecutor in the Superior Court of the state of New Jersey.
A record for a disorderly persons offense can have a negative effect on somebody’s future and their job prospects.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug paraphernalia crime in New Jersey, contact skilled New Jersey Criminal Lawyer Carl Spector to Defend You.