You probably know that every state in the country has strict laws regarding drug use. The possession, use, or sale of illegal drugs can lead to serious charges. But did you know that possession of drug paraphernalia could also lead to criminal charges?
While the laws vary by state, it is frequently illegal to possess paraphernalia that is related to drug use. Even if you are not in possession of actual unlawful drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, or heroin, you could still face criminal prosecution for owning any drug-related paraphernalia.
What exactly are drug paraphernalia charges?
According to federal law, it is illegal to sell drug paraphernalia, mail drug paraphernalia or transport it across state lines, and import or export paraphernalia. In some states, even owning drug-related paraphernalia can be enough for an arrest.
What is considered drug paraphernalia?
Any items that are used to ingest or distribute illegal drugs can be considered paraphernalia. Some examples are:
· Pipes made of glass, plastic, ceramic, or other materials
· Water pipes and bongs
· Roach clips
· Small spoons that hold less than one-tenth of a cubic centimeter (often used for ingesting drugs.)
· Freebase cocaine kits
· Syringes or needles
The penalties for drug paraphernalia convictions tend to be less harsh than for drug convictions. The laws can vary state by state, so it is important to contact an attorney in your area who has experience with criminal charges.