Many New Jersey residents may have dabbled in actions throughout their lives that were not entirely legal. Though they may not have faced criminal charges or considered themselves criminals, those actions likely still should not have been carried out. Some parties may find themselves making excuses for their behaviors because those actions do not necessarily hurt anyone else. However, authorities may still feel the need to file charges in some cases.
When it comes to drug-related crimes, even seemingly minor acts can have considerable impacts. Depending on the type of crime that police suspect that you have involvement with, the allegations brought against you may vary in type and severity. You could potentially even find yourself charged when you thought you acted legally.
Possession charges are among the most common type of drug-related allegations. Even if you do not have a controlled substance in your possession, you could still face charges for possession of drug paraphernalia. However, the items sometimes used for drug-related activities could also seem like everyday objects. As a result, you could find yourself facing charges for possession of drug paraphernalia if police suspect you used the follow items in your possession for illegal purposes:
- Different types of pipes or bongs, even those labeled for tobacco use
- Papers potentially used for rolling joints or other drug-related items
Even if you never used such items for drug-related purposes, authorities could still charge you if they believe the items look like they may have been used for something other than legal purposes.
Another form of possession charges relates directly to allegedly having a controlled substance in your possession. The specific allegations for drug possession brought against you may vary depending on state law, the type of drug, the amount of drug and other factors. In some cases, simple possession charges could increase to possession with intent to distribute if authorities discover a certain amount.
Charges for any type of drug-related crime may have you feeling confused and at a loss. If you wonder how you could handle the allegations brought against you, obtaining information from local legal resources pertaining to the specific charges, your defense options and other factors relating to your case may prove useful. As the saying goes, knowledge is power, and gaining knowledge on your legal avenues may help you create a meaningful defense against the allegations brought against you.