Woodland Park NJ Drug Paraphernalia Possession Attorney
Drug Charges Defense Lawyer in Passaic County, NJ
Alissa D. Hascup, experienced criminal defense lawyer, represents clients who have been charged with serious criminal offenses including robbery, aggravated assault, and unlawful possession of a handgun in Wanaque, Wayne, Paterson, Little Falls, and throughout Passaic County, New Jersey.
She has successfully handled thousands of cases in New Jersey, in Superior Court (indictable/felony level offenses) and Municipal Court (disorderly persons/misdemeanor level offenses). Ms. Hascup is a former Morris County Assistant Prosecutor and Special Deputy Attorney General who handled serious drug-related cases during the course of her distinguished career. She knows what it takes for the State to prove a drug case beyond a reasonable doubt – and will use that knowledge to defend, and potentially beat, the charges filed against you.
Being charged with a drug crime, such as possession of drug paraphernalia, can have serious consequences. Having an aggressive, experienced defense lawyer to guide you through the legal process is invaluable. Ms. Hascup is prepared to attack the State’s case and put you in a position to achieve the best possible result.
We will evaluate the strength of the case against you and any legal issues that may be present. How was the paraphernalia discovered? Were you stopped in a motor vehicle? Was the stop valid? Did you consent to a search of the vehicle? Was the consent valid? Was it found during an arrest? Was the arrest valid? Our experience in handling these very issues gives us the tools necessary to fight aggressively for you.
Contact Alissa D. Hascup anytime for an initial consultation, which is always provided free of charge.
Possession of Drug Paraphernaila in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2
N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2 sets forth:
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, controlled substance analog or toxic chemical. Any person who violates this section is guilty of a disorderly persons offense.
A disorderly persons offense is punishable by a maximum of 6 months in the county jail. In addition, a conviction for a disorderly persons drug-related offense carries with it certain mandatory fines, including a $500 Drug Enforcement Demand Reduction (DEDR) penalty and a $50 laboratory fee.
Enhanced Drug Paraphernalia Charges in New Jersey
There are certain circumstances under which a drug paraphernalia-related crime can rise above the level of a disorderly persons offense – the two most common are:
Distribute, Dispense or Possess WIth Intent to Distribute Drug Paraphernalia. It shall be unlawful for any person to distribute or dispense, or possess with intent to distribute or dispense, or manufacture with intent to distribute or dispense, drug paraphernalia, knowing that it will be used to….introduce into the human body a controlled dangerous substance, controlled substance analog or toxic chemical. Any person who violates this section commits a crime of the fourth degree. N.J.S.A. 2C:36-3
A crime of the Fourth Degree is punishable by a term of incarceration of up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison. In addition, the DEDR penalty is elevated to $750.
Delivering Drug Paraphernalia to Person Under 18 Years of Age. Any person 18 years of age or over who violates N.J.S.A. 2C:36-3 (above) by delivering drug paraphernalia to a person under 18 years of age commits a crime of the third degree.
A crime of the Third Degree is punishable by a term of incarceration of between 3 and 5 years in New Jersey State Prison. In addition, the DEDR penalty is elevated to $1,000.
Contact a Clifton NJ Drug Paraphernalia Defense Lawyer to Discuss Your Case
If you or a loved one has been charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, there can be serious consequences associated with a conviction. Don’t delay in hiring legal representation. Protect your freedom and your rights.
Contact the law offices of Alissa D. Hascup in Paterson, NJ, for your free initial consultation. Ms. Hascup is available anytime to discuss your case, so call or email her today.