While drug charges are among the most common charges issued in the country, many people do not realize the variety of drug charges they may face. Often, a police officer may strengthen the charges against a person by adding on additional related charges, creating several different criminal charges out of the same interaction with a defendant.

One of the most common “add-on” charges that police and prosecutors use to bulk up a case is possession of drug paraphernalia. Of course, just about anything that could be paraphernalia could also be used for an entirely separate purpose. In general, drug paraphernalia includes any object or device that a person uses to consume, conceal or prepare illegal drugs. It may also refer to equipment or objects used to produce or even transport illegal drugs.

This usually includes pipes, bongs, syringes and other similar items, like grinders or even rolling papers. It does not take a particularly keen intellect to see that virtually all of these items have perfectly legitimate, legal uses, which often complicates such charges immensely. Sometimes, some careful scrutiny of the details of your arrest can offer insight on how to fight the charges and possibly see them dismissed altogether.

If you face drug paraphernalia possession charges, you should begin building your legal defense as soon as you possibly can, especially considering that the prosecution is already building their case against you. An experienced defense attorney can help you keep your rights protected and identify strong grounds to build a strong defense around your rights and freedoms.

Source: Findlaw, “Types of Drug Crimes,” accessed Dec. 15, 2017