Criminal Lawyer for Drug Paraphernalia Arrest
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, drug paraphernalia is any legitimate equipment, product, or material that is modified for making, using, or concealing illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine. Generally, drug paraphernalia is broken down into two categories:
- User-specific products, such as bongs, freebasing kits (cocaine), marijuana grow kits, roach clips, and certain types of pipes.
- Dealer-specific products, such as vials, baggies, and scales. Items associated with the use of tobacco, such as pipes and rolling papers are not considered drug paraphernalia.
Under the Federal Drug Paraphernalia Statute, which is a part of the Controlled Substances Act, it is considered illegal to sell, transport, possess, or export drug paraphernalia. Many states have also put laws into action that forbid drug paraphernalia.
Conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia in California can carry serious penalties, including imprisonment for up to three years in a state prison. A person or business can be prosecuted for possession even if the item(s) are not being actively used to take drugs. Any business found to be carrying, selling, or displaying drug paraphernalia can have its business license revoked and the shop owner charged as well.
Get Help With Your Drug Paraphernalia Charge
As with most drug crime-related cases, the strength of a case against one charged with a drug paraphernalia crime can vary greatly depending on whether the person’s rights were violated, or not. Unreasonable searches and seizures, improper collection of evidence, or improper interrogation techniques are all mistakes that an experienced Los Angeles drug defense lawyer would be able to expose in court to the benefit of your case. The criminal defense lawyers at Cron, Israels & Stark have been putting their experience to work for years in cases such as these, and may be able to help you if you find yourself charged with a drug paraphernalia crime. Contact our office today for a confidential consultation regarding your case. One of our skilled and professional attorneys will be able to work with you to achieve the best outcome.