Brick NJ Possession of a Hypodermic Needle or Syringe Defense Attorneys
Criminal charges for possession of a hypodermic needle or syringe can be issued in conjunction with other drug charges if an individual is found to be in possession of a controlled dangerous substance such as marijuana, cocaine, or heroin, or these charges can be issued without accompanying charges if a person is solely in possession of a hypodermic needle or syringe.
In either case, possession of a hypodermic needle or syringe is classified as a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey and is adjudicated in the Municipal Court in the locality in which the alleged offense occurred. An individual found guilty of a disorderly persons offense may be sentenced to serve up to 6 months in the county jail and to pay a maximum fine of $1,000. In addition, possession of a hypodermic needle or syringe entails a $500 Drug Enforcement Demand Reduction (DEDR) penalty, a $50 laboratory fee, and a charge on the defendant’s criminal record.
Fortunately, a charge for possession of a hypodermic needle or syringe does not necessarily spell an automatic conviction, particularly for those represented by a knowledgeable defense attorney. For example, individuals who have no prior criminal record may be eligible for enrollment in New Jersey’s Conditional Discharge Program, a diversionary program that eventually results in the dismissal of the charges for those who successfully comply with the program’s conditions during a probationary period.
The attorneys at Chamlin, Uliano & Walsh have extensive experience defending clients facing drug charges like possession of a hypodermic needle or syringe and have developed a significant body of knowledge pertaining to diversionary programs such as conditional discharge. They are familiar with the collateral issues associated with these cases and as such, have achieved considerable success representing clients in cases of this kind. Feel free to contact them at 732-440-3950 for a free consultation about your case.
Possession of a Hypodermic Needle or Syringe in Monmouth County: N.J.S.A. 2C:36-6
An individual can be charged with possession of a hypodermic needle or syringe in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:36-6 if they are found to be in possession of one of these items. The aforementioned statute mandates the following:
It shall be unlawful for a person to have under his control or possess with the intent to use a hypodermic syringe, hypodermic needle or any other instrument adapted for the use of a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog or to sell, furnish or give to any person such syringe, needle or instrument. Any person who violates this section is guilty of a disorderly persons offense.
Contact Middletown NJ Possession of a Hypodermic Needle or Syringe Lawyers for Help with Your Case
If you or someone you love is facing drug charges such as possession of a hypodermic needle or syringe in Ocean County or Monmouth County, New Jersey, contact the offices of Chamlin, Uliano & Walsh at 732-440-3950. One of the firm’s skilled defense lawyers will be happy to evaluate your case, provide answers to your pressing questions, and discuss the alternatives that may be available to you.