If you have teenagers in your family, it occasionally may seem like you do not know them at all. This is probably due to normal child development, which can cause young personalities to fluctuate frequently. Sadly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, substance abuse can also cause extreme mood swings.
Obviously, you do not want the teens in your life to experiment with drugs. You also do not want them to bring controlled substances into your home. After all, if your kids have drugs on drug paraphernalia in your residence, you may be vulnerable to criminal prosecution.
What is drug paraphernalia?
Drug paraphernalia is intentionally broad. Indeed, anything a person can use to manufacture, distribute or ingest drugs can constitute paraphernalia. In certain circumstances, paraphernalia even can include everyday items, such as spoons, scales or plastic bags.
How can you keep paraphernalia out of your home?
If you find drug paraphernalia in your home, your paramount concern may be for the safety of your son or daughter. Still, you probably want to make it perfectly clear to everyone in your family that bringing paraphernalia into your home is unacceptable. If you encounter paraphernalia, it is usually advisable to remove it.
How can you defend yourself?
Few things can be scarier than facing criminal charges. Luckily, you probably have some ways to defend yourself against paraphernalia allegations. While proving you have the paraphernalia for legitimate reasons is a common defense, you may have others.
It is important to explore all these defenses as soon as possible, though, as you may not have long to raise them. Ultimately, rather than blindly accepting a prosecutor’s plea deal, it is critical to know and take advantage of all of your legal rights.