Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Attorneys Morristown, NJ
Experienced NJ Criminal Lawyer Defends Clients Against Drug Paraphernalia Charges in Morris County and Essex County, New Jersey
People charged with possession of drug paraphernalia may not take it seriously because the charge is classified as a disorderly persons offense, also known as a misdemeanor. However, prosecutors often link such charges with other, more serious offenses, such as drug possession or possession with intent to distribute. If police found you with pipes, bongs, baggies, syringes, empty capsules for filling, cutting agents, or spoons, you might be facing felony-level drug possession charges in addition to those involving drug paraphernalia.
Even if the drug paraphernalia charge is the only one you face, you owe it to yourself to find an experienced and knowledgeable NJ criminal defense attorney who will protect your rights and fight for your future. At Hanlon Dunn Robertson Schwartz, our Morristown criminal attorneys will get to work building a strong defense on your behalf. Our legal team includes former Morris County prosecutors who know from personal experience how prosecutors strategize in drug cases. Our attorneys have helped many others facing similar charges, and we are ready to help you.
Penalties for a Drug Paraphernalia Conviction in Madison, New Jersey
If convicted of possessing drug paraphernalia in New Jersey, you will have a misdemeanor on your criminal record. This can hurt you in a number of ways. Finding employment, obtaining student loans, and renting an apartment may become off limits to you with this type of criminal conviction. You might also lose your driver’s license for up to two years. In addition, you could be sentenced to jail time for up to six months and be required to pay fines. If the prosecutor brings other drug-related charges at the same time, you may also face a felony conviction, substantial state prison time, and a felony on your permanent record.
Alternatives to Conviction and Expungement of Drug Paraphernalia Arrests in Denville, NJ
Our NJ criminal defense attorneys fight for alternatives to conviction, especially if the charges also include more serious drug offenses like marijuana possession, cocaine possession, or heroin possession. We explore alternatives such as Conditional Discharge, which would place you on probation and dismiss the charges after one year if you successfully complete the program. If you are a first-time offender and face more serious charges in conjunction with the drug paraphernalia charge, our lawyers may be able to obtain a pre-trial intervention (PTI) that delays the imposition of drug charges. This would require you to take part in a rehabilitation program and result in having the charges dismissed if you complete the rehab successfully.
If the court dismisses the drug paraphernalia charges, either outright or after the completion of an alternative program, you may be eligible for expungement. This means that the court will seal your criminal record and prevent potential employers, landlords, and educational institutions from seeing it. Our New Jersey criminal defense attorneys will advise you about your eligibility for expungement and help you begin the process.
Contact Our Morris County Criminal Lawyers About Your Drug Paraphernalia Possession Charges in Parsippany, NJ
Contact our Morristown law firm to learn how we can defend you against drug paraphernalia charges in Parsippany, Washington Township, Dover, Denville, East Hanover, Roxbury, Boonton, or anywhere else in Morris County, New Jersey. Call us or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help you fight your drug paraphernalia charges and avoid the most severe penalties.