New Jersey Home Distilling Laws Are Possibly Unconstitutional

New Jersey Home Distilling Laws Are Possibly Unconstitutional
New Jersey Home Distilling Laws Are Possibly Unconstitutional

2021 New Jersey Revised Statutes Title 33 – Intoxicating Liquors

Skipping to the most egregious part of New Jersey law. Most likely not constitutional. The destruction of private property without notice or hearing.

33:2-11. Unregistered stills in actual operation declared nuisance; destruction

Any still not registered pursuant to this chapter in actual operation in the manufacture of illicit beverages or set up for such purpose, is hereby declared to be a nuisance per se and such still, parts thereof and all other property actually used in connection therewith when seized may be destroyed at the direction of the commissioner at the time of the seizure or thereafter, without notice or hearing, anything in this chapter to the contrary notwithstanding.

Further reading

Universal Citation: 

NJ Rev Stat § 33:2-1 (2021)

33:2-1. Stills and distilling apparatus registered with commissioner; powers of commissioner; definitions

Every person having in his possession or custody or under his control any still or any distilling apparatus set up, dismantled or in the process of construction or parts thereof, shall register the same with the commissioner of alcoholic beverage control, hereinafter in this chapter called the “commissioner” .

The commissioner shall have and exercise the same powers of investigation and of prescribing rules and regulations with respect to such stills and distilling apparatus and parts thereof as are accorded to him by chapter 1 of this title (s. 33:1-1 et seq.), in connection with the manufacture of alcoholic beverages.

The definitions set forth in section 33:1-1 of this title shall also apply to this chapter.

33:2-2. Stills not registered declared unlawful property

Any such still or distilling apparatus or parts thereof not registered pursuant to section 33:2-1 of this title, together with all articles, implements or paraphernalia used or adaptable for use in connection therewith and all personal property of whatsoever kind, found in a building or in any yard or inclosure connected with a building or on the premises in which such still or distilling apparatus or parts thereof are found, are declared to be unlawful property.

33:2-3. Seizure of unregistered stills; search warrant; arrest of offenders

Any officer knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that any still or distilling apparatus or any parts thereof constitute such unlawful property, it shall be his duty to investigate, under proper search warrant when necessary, which it shall be his further duty to apply for, and to seize such still or distilling apparatus or parts thereof, together with all articles, implements or paraphernalia used or adaptable for use in connection therewith and all personal property of whatsoever kind, found in a building or in any yard or inclosure connected with a building or on the premises in which such still or distilling apparatus or parts thereof are found, and to arrest all persons whom he shall know, or have reasonable ground to believe, are committing, or have committed, a misdemeanor under this chapter and to make complaint against such persons as in other cases of misdemeanors. All property when seized shall be under the jurisdiction of the commissioner.

33:2-4. Hearing by commissioner; notice

When any property is seized pursuant to section 33:2-3 of this title, the commissioner within fifteen days of such seizure shall cause to be posted at the place of seizure a notice that a hearing will be held by the commissioner at a place and time named in such notice which time shall not be less than five nor more than thirty days after the posting of such notice, to determine whether the seized property constitutes such unlawful property.

At least three days prior to the date of hearing a notice thereof shall be published in a newspaper printed and circulating in the county where the property was seized and shall be mailed to any person known or believed by the commissioner to have an interest in the seized property and to the record owner of and any person known or believed to have an interest in any building or premises in or on which the seized property was located when seized.

33:2-5. Forfeiture and sale of seized property; padlocking premises

If after such hearing the commissioner determines that the seized property constitutes such unlawful property he shall declare such property forfeited and may, in his discretion, order that the seized property, in whole or in part, be sold, destroyed or retained for the use of hospitals, and state, county and municipal institutions and that the building or premises in or on which such unlawful property was located when seized shall not be occupied or used for any purpose whatsoever for such period, not exceeding one year, as shall be fixed by the commissioner.

33:2-10. Failure to register still; misdemeanor

Any person who shall have in his possession or custody or under his control any still or distilling apparatus set up, dismantled, or in the process of construction, or parts thereof without having registered same in accordance with the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars and not more than one thousand dollars or imprisonment for not less than thirty days and not more than three years, or both.

 

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