When it comes to drug-related offenses, you need to understand the various ways in which a case could shatter your life. Aside from possibly creating problems at your place of work and in your family, you could face time behind bars, stiff financial penalties and long-term repercussions (such as finding a job years later).
Aside from possessing or selling illegal substances, you could face charges if a law enforcement official stops you and you have drug paraphernalia. In fact, drug paraphernalia charges can lead to very serious penalties.
Looking at examples of drug paraphernalia
The U.S. Department of Justice outlines various examples of drug paraphernalia, such as pipes, cocaine spoons and freebase kits, roach clips and even cigarette papers. Federal law recognizes various items and materials as drug paraphernalia, such as those used to ingest, conceal, manufacture or process illegal substances.
Handling a drug paraphernalia case
Some people face charges even though they did not realize that certain items constitute drug paraphernalia, or they did not know that certain objects were in their vehicle, backpack or home. For example, if someone leaves behind paraphernalia in your car, you could face charges during a traffic stop, even if you had no idea that the item was in your vehicle.
It is paramount to review state laws on drug paraphernalia and the potential penalties you could face. Gather evidence and carefully go over all of your options, especially since you could have a lot at stake. Do not become hopeless or procrastinate, you need to stay focused and thoroughly pore over the details of your case.