Yes, it is illegal to possess drug paraphernalia even if you don’t have any drugs in your possession.
Though it’s classified as a disorderly persons offense, possession of drug paraphernalia still subjects you to a number of punishments, including suspension of your driver’s license, a fine of $1000, various other fees and assessments, and potentially a six month jail sentence.
There are defenses when you’re charged with possession of paraphernalia, and there are strategies to mitigate your legal exposure even if a court fight isn’t in your best interest.
From conditional discharges to negotiated pleas for a non-drug charge, you should understand all of your options in any criminal matter.
Matthew Reisig is an experienced criminal defense attorney who protects his clients. Call 732-625-9661 today to talk a lawyer for free.