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Atlantic City, NJ Drug Defense Attorney Keeps You Out of Jail for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia


When a person is found in possession of marijuana, he or she is often also in possession of equipment or materials used to smoke marijuana, such as a bong or pipe. This is a serious offense in New Jersey. Perhaps you were on your way home from the Jersey Shore when the police stopped your vehicle for a minor traffic infraction. If the officer smelled marijuana coming from your car and subsequently searched your vehicle, any evidence of drug use they turned up can be used against you. Even if the officer just found rolling papers, you can be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

John W. Tumelty has successfully defended numerous clients against drug charges, including marijuana possession, heroin possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mr. Tumelty has 30 years of experience as a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney, which is why he understands the nuances of New Jersey drug laws. If you’ve been charged with a drug crime in Cape May or Atlantic counties, take advantage of Mr. Tumelty’s local experience and round-the-clock service and give him a call.

What Are Your Legal Options If You Are Charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in New Jersey?

Drug paraphernalia refers to equipment that is commonly associated with taking drugs. N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2 is interpreted broadly by NJ prosecutors so that practically any drug arrest will result in charges for possession of drug paraphernalia. Items that can be classified as drug paraphernalia include:

  • Plastic baggies
  • Scales
  • Capsules
  • Marijuana pipes
  • Crack pipes
  • Cutting agents
  • Grinders
  • Syringes or hypodermic needles
  • Vials
  • Bongs
  • Rolling papers
  • Balloons
  • Bowls
  • Spoons
  • Prescription pads

Although drug paraphernalia may not seem like a serious offense, the consequences of a conviction can be severe.

  • You could be looking at a possible sentence of six months in county jail.
  • You are facing suspension of your driving privileges in the State of New Jersey for a period of between six months and two years.
  • Having any kind of drug crime conviction appear on your permanent record could make it difficult for you to secure employment, lease an apartment, or obtain financial aid in the future.
  • Moreover, drug paraphernalia charges are often accompanied by additional charges, such as simple possession.

Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer Fights Drug Paraphernalia Charges in Atlantic, Ocean and Cape May Counties

If you are charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, your options include pleading guilty, fighting the charge, or applying fora first-offender program Regardless of what you decide to do, it is imperative that you have an experienced lawyer on your side. A knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer can help you with the process, contest the search & seizure of evidence in your case, and fight your drug paraphernalia charges in municipal court.

Atlantic City drug defense lawyer John Tumelty is committed to getting your case resolved favorably. He understands the stress and pressures you must be feeling right now, which is why he will do everything possible to secure a successful and speedy resolution to your case. Contact the Law Offices of John W. Tumelty today to schedule a free consultation in Marmora or Somers Point, NJ.

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