Possession of Illegal Drugs and Paraphernalia (N.J.S. 2C: 35-10 and N.J.S. 2C: 36-2)
Belmar has a lively night life during the summer months where young adults from throughout New Jersey come to relax and have fun. Belmar is known for having a zero tolerance policy on drugs. This causes many arrests to be made for common recreational drugs like Marijuana and related paraphernalia.
If you have been caught with 50 grams or less of Marijuana you can be charged with a disorderly persons offense. If you have over 50 grams you can be charged with an indictable crime of varying degrees depending on the amount you possess. You can also be charged as a disorderly person if you are caught with illegal drug paraphernalia. Paraphernalia is considered to be anything that might be used to grow, sell, or introduce the illegal drug into the body. This usually consists of pot pipes, bongs, marijuana leaf grinders, “joint” rolling papers, and marijuana residue in plastic bags.
Drug related charges are serious and can have long lasting effects. If this is your first drug offense you may be eligible for a diversionary program.
A conviction for possession of drugs or paraphernalia is a disqualifying charge for a school teacher or school employee. Therefore, a conviction could result in the inability to obtain employment in a school or for those already employed, termination. If you have been charged with drug possession in New Jersey, contact the experienced drug possession attorneys of Villani & DeLuca.