Many people believe that as long as they are never found in the possession of illegal drugs, they will not have a risk of facing drug-related criminal charges. However, this is simply not the case. It is possible to be charged with drug paraphernalia charges, and potentially more serious charges when you are found to be in the possession of drug paraphernalia.
If you are unsure whether you are in possession of items that could be considered drug paraphernalia, you should take the time to understand what is meant by this term, and learn of the possible ways that you can successfully defend yourself.
What is considered to be drug paraphernalia under the law?
There are many specific examples of drug paraphernalia listed under federal law. These include things such as miniature spoons that are used for snorting cocaine, pipes made of glass, wood or other materials, “roach clips” or freebase cocaine kits. More broadly, any equipment that is linked to the manufacture, distribution or consumption of illegal drugs could be considered to be drug paraphernalia.
How can I defend myself when found in the possession of drug paraphernalia?
You will need to show that while the objects in your possession look like paraphernalia, have a legitimate legal use. Alternatively, you could claim that the objects do not belong to you, and were planted on your property or in your personal belongings.
If you are concerned about getting into trouble with the law because of possession of drug paraphernalia, it is important that you learn more about the possible defenses available to you.