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Drug paraphernalia can lead to criminal charges

Certain types of drugs require specific items or tools for their storage, transport or use. Any item that’s used to grow, make, distribute, or use drugs is known as drug paraphernalia. Many people might not realize that they can face criminal charges for these items, even if they don’t actually have drugs in their possession. 

There are many things that can be construed as drug paraphernalia. In some cases, the context in which the items are found is what will determine whether they are considered to be paraphernalia or not. 

What are some examples of drug paraphernalia?

Some items that have legitimate uses are also considered drug paraphernalia. One example is a digital scale. You can use these to weigh out ingredients for recipes. If police officers find a digital scale in your kitchen while you’re making a meal, they likely won’t claim it is drug paraphernalia. If the scale is on a coffee table and surrounded by things like small baggies, an officer will likely state that the scale, as well as the baggies, are drug paraphernalia.

Other examples of items that fall under the umbrella of drug paraphernalia include:

  • Miniature spoons
  • Crack cocaine “kits”
  • Water pipes, chillums, bongs
  • Certain pipes made of wood, stone, glass, ceramic, plastic
  • Syringes for ingesting controlled substances

Anyone who is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia should consult their attorney right away. This gives them the opportunity to discuss their defense strategy and set a plan prior to any hearings. As you consider the options you’re given, think about how each will impact you now and into the future.