Drug Paraphernalia Disorderly Persons Arrest NJ 2C:36-2
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The criminal trial lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm LLC recently represented a client who was facing drug paraphernalia charges, a disorderly persons (misdemeanor) criminal offense, in the Newark Municipal Court. He is a student at a military college and a conviction for this offense would severely impact his future for jobs, school, etc. If convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia, he would have a permanent criminal charge on his record (which he could expunge in a few years depending on any other charges he may have). He also could be fined $1,000, incarcerated up to six (6) months, and lose his driver’s license for a period of 24 months.
In this case, the police allegedly found some empty baggies with drug residue in his motor vehicle. We appeared in court several times over a long period of time (a few months) and the State failed to provide all of the required discovery. Discovery is police reports, witness statements, videos, lab reports…..all of the evidence that the State possesses and intends to rely upon to prove the charges against the defendant. We asked the Judge to sign an Order that if all the evidence was not provided then the case would be dismissed.
Disorderly Persons Arrest for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in Essex County NJ
Based on these evidence issues, we were able to get the client a plea to a local ordinance violation for breach of peace which was a $200 fine and no record. This was crucial to protect his future. If you or a loved one needs assistance with a drug arrest in Newark NJ, contact our offices now for a free initial consultation.