Drug Paraphernalia Law in New Jersey

Drug paraphernalia is a broad term and refers to many materials and devices associated with illegal drugs. As defined under 2C:36-1, “drug paraphernalia means all equipment, products and materials of any kind which are used or intended for use in planting, propagating, cultivating… or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog in violation of the provisions of chapter 35 of this title.”

This paraphernalia includes “kits used or intended for use in manufacturing, isomerization devices used or intended for use in increasing the potency of any species of plant which is a controlled dangerous substance, and testing equipment used or intended for use identifying, or in analyzing the strength, effectiveness or purity of controlled dangerous substances or controlled substance analogs.”

Those found guilty of possessing drug paraphernalia will have to appear in open court and tell the judge what they did to make them guilty of this offense. Those on probation will have to submit to random drug and urine testing. Those who are public office holders or employees will be required to forfeit their offices or jobs by virtue of their guilty plea.

If you have been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, contact our Monmouth County law office by e-mail or call 888-ELLIS-LAW (888-355-4752) for a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


NJ Man Charged in VA Online Predator Sting

A. Gerretz Jr, 63 of Estell Manor, has been arrested in an online predator sting, according to the Stafford County Sherri’s office. Gerretz was caught by a Stafford sheriff’s detective who was posing as a 14-year-old girl online and communicated over several months beginning in April 2015. The communications often turned sexual in nature.

During the communications, Garretz allegedly displayed his face to the detective and “unknowingly provided other information that assisted in identifying him,” according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

With the assistance of New Jersey State Police, Garretz was identified and arrested.


What Should I Do If I Get a Bench Warrant?

Most warrants are fairly cut and dry: the judge signs a document, and the police are at your doorstep the next day. The warrant gives cops the right to arrest a suspect, search a home, business or other location, or seize property.

A bench warrant, on the other hand, directs the police to take the person directly before the court to address the reason the warrant was issued (the “bench” is the traditional term for the judge’s seat). Bench warrants are typically issued in the case of “FTA,” or failure to appear for trial.

Once you’re before the court, you’ll have to post bail before you can be released. Typically, bail  on a bench warrant will be enough to cover the fines both for FTA and the original offense. If you already know that you have a bench warrant out for your arrest, you can call the clerk of the court or the local police department. They can help you arrange to come in and pay the bail so that the warrant will be recalled.

Having an experienced criminal lawyer on your side can show the judge that you take the charges seriously, and that you’re genuinely sorry for your failure to appear.


Eight Killed in Deadly New Jersey Weekend

Eight people were killed and 22 were injured in a catastrophic New Jersey weekend full of shootings, traffic crashes, and mysterious events.

Among the main ones was a NJ Transit bus collision on Friday, which killed two people and injured 17. The crash occurred at the intersection of Broad Street and Raymond Boulevard in Newark involving the 59 bus, which was traveling without any passengers.

Also this weekend, a 5-year- old boy was killed and four others were hurt in a five-vehicle wreck on the New Jersey Turnpike. A woman was hit in the face by a flying object on a ride at Six Flags Great Adventure, and will require oral surgery after the incident. Two separate fatal

shootings occurred in Newark late Friday night. And police recovered a body at the Round Valley Reservoir near Clinton on Monday.