New Jersey Possession of Drug Paraphernalia NJSA 2C:36-2

Possession of drug paraphernalia in violation of NJSA 2C:36-2 is a common drug related offense. A complaint issued for possession of drug paraphernalia is frequently issued in conjunction with another drug related charge, such as possession of CDS (cocained, marijuana, heroine, etc.). Examples of drug paraphernalia are pipes, water bongs, empty baggies (with residue), straws, rolled up bills, etc. Many of the same defense strategies employed in drug possession and distribution cases are also applicable in this context. For example, probable cause and suppression issues are prevalent. What ever the case may be, we are prepared to take it to trial if necessary and fight to keep your record clean.

Possession of drug paraphernalia is a disorderly persons offense punishable by up to six month in jail and $1000 fine. If convicted, the crime will appear on the defendant’s criminal record.

Attorney Todd Palumbo is New Jersey criminal defense attorney and Newark Municipal Court lawyer. The Firm represents those arrested and charged with all drug related offenses in Essex County, including possession of drug parpaphernalia. Our success rate is very high, and our practice is dedicated to the practice of criminal and municipal court defense.

If you or a loved one has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia,  contact an experienced attorney for a free consultation. The statute follows in its entirety.

NJSA 2c:36-2

It shall be unlawful for any person to use, or to possess with intent to use, 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 a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog in violation of the provisions of chapter 35 of this title. Any person who violates this section is guilty of a disorderly persons offense.