2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 2C - THE NEW JERSEY CODE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Section 2C:40-25 - Persons permitted to dispense contact lenses; violations, fines, penalties.
2C:40-25 Persons permitted to dispense contact lenses; violations, fines, penalties.
3. a. No person shall dispense contact lenses in this State unless he is a licensed ophthalmic dispenser or person licensed to practice medicine or optometry in this State. For the purposes of this act, "contact lenses" shall include contact lenses without power, sometimes referred to as "plano" lenses.
b.Any person who dispenses contact lenses in violation of the provisions of this section is guilty of a crime in the fourth degree, provided, however, that the court shall:
(1)impose a fine of not less than $1,000 for a first offense;
(2)impose a fine of not less than $5,000 and require the performance of 40 hours of community service for a second offense; and
(3)impose a fine of not less than $10,000 and require the performance of 100 hours of community service for a third and each subsequent offense.
c.Upon conviction of a person under this section, the court shall authorize the appropriate law enforcement agency or officer to seize and destroy all contact lenses held or owned by, or under the control of, the convicted person, with the exception of any contact lenses which have been prescribed for his personal use and dispensed by a licensed ophthalmic dispenser or person licensed to practice medicine or optometry in this State.
d.Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, half of the fines imposed and collected under authority of law for any violation of this section shall be forwarded by the judge to whom the same have been paid to the financial officer of the county or municipality, as designated by the governing body of the respective county or municipality, for all violations occurring within their jurisdictions, provided the complaining witness was a law enforcement officer or other official of the county or municipality.
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