Sean Persing, 25, of Woodbridge, was arrested on the Thursday, April 30 when Cranford police stopped his vehicle for unrelated traffic violations. Upon investigation, police found that there was an outstanding warrant for Persing’s arrest. A search turned up alleged marijuana, as well as alleged drug paraphernalia and a hypodermic needle. As a result, Persing is now facing multiple charges, including possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and possession of a hypodermic needle.
N.J.S.A. 2C:35-2 Penalties
Under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-2, Persing could be subject to penalties for possession of marijuana, which is a disorderly persons offense carrying penalties of up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. If the amount of marijuana in his possession is found to be over 50 grams, the nature of the offense would then be escalated to a felony, carrying penalties of up to 18 months in jail and a $25,000 fine.
N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2 Potential Fines
Under N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2, Persing could be subject to additional penalties for possession of drug paraphernalia, which prohibits possession of items intended to be used to ingest a controlled dangerous substance. Potential penalties for possession of paraphernalia, which is also classified as a disorderly persons offense, will include up to 6 months of jail time and fines of up to $1,000, as well as a potential driver’s license suspension of 6 months to 2 years.
Additionally, under N.J.S.A. 2C:36-6, Persing could be subject to further penalties specifically associated with possessing an hypodermic needle, which is also classified as a disorderly persons offense. Potential penalties for this additional offense include up to 6 months of jail time and fines of up to $1,000, as well as a potential driver’s license suspension of 6 months to 2 years.