While most people are familiar with the many types of drug charges, such as possession and trafficking, the same doesn’t always hold true when it comes to paraphernalia.
Drug-related paraphernalia charges can result in serious trouble with the law, as these items can be used in a variety of illegal ways.
- Pipes made of stone, wood, ceramic or glass
- Roach clips
- Spoons used to measure and/or snort drugs
- Any items that are used to smoke drugs
- Balances and scales for weighing drugs
- Needles and syringes for injecting substances into the body
Generally, the consequences associated with drug paraphernalia charges are less severe than those that result from being charged with possessing or selling illegal drugs. It’s one thing to be caught in possession of a spoon to measure drugs but another thing entirely to be caught with cocaine on your body. For example, under federal law, the maximum sentence for selling drug-related paraphernalia is a fine, along with three years in prison.
However, it’s important to note that drug paraphernalia charges are often combined with other charges, such as the possession of illegal drugs.
If you’re charged with any type of drug-related crime, such as possession of paraphernalia, it’s important to learn more about the charges, potential consequences and the next steps in the legal process.
The circumstances surrounding your case will help you determine what to do next. Most importantly, you need experienced legal guidance. This will make it easier to get on with your life in the future.