Drug paraphernalia is a charge related to the possession of items that can be connected to illegal drugs. Although drugs like heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine are deemed illegal by the federal and state governments, they are still being manufactured. Sometimes law enforcement agencies try to reduce the production of these drugs by charging people with drug paraphernalia. Drug paraphernalia can be special items used in the drug manufacturing, or common household items connected to illegal drugs.
You may be charged with drug paraphernalia if you are caught selling any item that could be used in the manufacturing and production of drugs. People transporting and moving these items across state lines might also be vulnerable to such charges. Possession of certain items may be enough for law enforcement agencies to detain you and press charges. But it is important to understand that you can get out of these charges very easily. The reason for your possession and the context of the paraphernalia are important in these cases.
If found guilty of drug paraphernalia possession, you might have to spend some time in prison. The sentence is less severe than that of drug manufacturing or possession, but it could still disrupt your life. Some states have imposed hefty up to $1000 as well.
Being convicted of drug paraphernalia could have a negative impact on your life. It is important to hire an experienced defense attorney to make sure you are not found guilty. The attorney might also be able to negotiate a favorable plea deal for you.