Most people know that possession of illegal substances can lead to serious charges. However, many other acts could also lead to allegations for drug-related offenses. Even if you do not have any drugs on your person, in your home or in your vehicle, you could still end up facing charges for possession, even if not in the way you thought possible.
Possession of certain types of drug paraphernalia is also a crime. This means that, even if you do not have substances in your possession, authorities could level allegations against you if you have objects they believe were used or could be used in association with illegal substances. Because of this possibility, it may prove wise for you to understand what items could fall into the category of drug paraphernalia.
What does "paraphernalia" include?
The term "paraphernalia" refers to various items involved with a particular activity. Therefore, the phrase "drug paraphernalia" can refer to many objects that individuals could use for selling drugs, distributing drugs or using drugs. Because of the general nature of this definition, some common household items could end up viewed as drug paraphernalia by police.
Some examples of such paraphernalia include:
- Pipes made of various materials, like glass or plastic
- Clips, possibly used for holding burning marijuana cigarettes
- Plastic baggies, commonly used for packaging drugs
- Syringes or needles, typically used for injecting substances into the body
- Scales, often used for measuring drugs for distribution
Of course, someone could potentially have any of these items for innocent purposes completely unrelated to illegal drug use. However, if authorities already suspect you of drug-related activity and find any of these or certain other items in your possession, they may consider these objects drug paraphernalia nonetheless.
Creating a defense
Fortunately, you do not have to sit back and accept punishment for possessing common items. If police charge you with possession of drug paraphernalia, you have the right to create and present a criminal defense against the allegations in a court of law. You also have the right to obtain professional legal assistance from an attorney, which can often prove invaluable in such situations.