Here’s What You Need to Know About Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Charges
Earlier this month, Kansas Jayhawks forward Carlton Bragg Jr. was allowed to enter a pretrial diversion program after being charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. In this issue, we’ll talk about drug paraphernalia and the seriousness of being charged with it.
What is Possession of Drug Paraphernalia?
Simply put, the State of Arizona says that it is illegal to have in your possession anything that allows you to use, prepare, plant or do other things related to illegal drugs. Speaking more broadly, just about any item that’s used in connection with illegal drugs can be looked at as paraphernalia – which provides police officers with a lot of ways to charge you with possession of drug paraphernalia. A few examples of objects that can be listed as drug paraphernalia include:
- Pipes made of glass, wood, plastic, stone or ceramic
- Roach clips (objects that hold marijuana joints too small to be held by hand)
- Miniature spoons holding less than 1/10 of a cubic centimeter
- Materials intended to dilute or “cut” the strength of drugs
What are the penalties for drug paraphernalia?
If this is your first time being charged with a non-violent drug charge, you’ll most likely be required to enter a diversion program, like Bragg was. However, if there are additional charges involved, you could receive jail time – even if this is your first drug offense.
What are the defenses for possession of drug paraphernalia charges?
If you’re facing drug charges in Arizona, you definitely need the help of a skilled lawyer. Examples of defenses used in possession of drug paraphernalia cases include:
- Arguing that the materials were not actually used with illegal drugs
- You did not knowingly possess drugs or the paraphernalia
- Denial of Miranda rights if you weren’t read your rights upon your arrest
If You’re Facing Drug Charges in Arizona, Call The Oswalt Law Group
Whether you’re actually guilty or not, a call to a skilled criminal defense attorney is the winning move if you’re facing drug charges in Arizona. To make sure you have an expert who will fight for your rights, call The Oswalt Law Group. Our number is (602) 225-2222, and the first consultation is always free.