Possession of drug paraphernalia is a criminal charge that often accompanies a drug possession charge. Paraphernalia can be defined as any item that is used to produce, distribute, sell, or consume drugs. These include but are not limited to:
- Bowls, bongs, or smoking pipes
- “Roach clips” used for smoking marijuana
- Needles or hypodermics used to inject drugs
- Equipment used to manufacture illegal substances (such as methamphetamine, for example)
- Plastic baggies, vials, or other items used to transport and sell drugs
What constitutes as drug paraphernalia often depends on the context in which they are found. For example, owning and possessing a smoking pipe is perfectly legal. However, if it smells of marijuana or has residue that suggests its use with an illegal substance, it will classify as paraphernalia. An experienced defense lawyer can provided invaluable legal advice and representation that can leverage the gray area of drug paraphernalia to your advantage.
Possession of drug paraphernalia is usually charged as a misdemeanor, but the specific charge depends on a range of factors including the type of item and the circumstance in which is was found. Paraphernalia charges can also be used in a case to strengthen other more substantial charges such as possession of control substances or intent to distribute.
If you have been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, you need an experienced lawyer who focuses in the area of criminal defense. If convicted of a paraphernalia charge, it can follow you for life, affecting employment opportunities and impacting future litigation. If you are arrested for drug paraphernalia possessions, never speak with police. Instead,contact us to schedule a free case evaluation with a Minneapolis lawyer.