Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, along with drug charges, is one of the most commonly charged crimes in Missouri.
But, you might say, owning a pipe or bong isn’t a crime. You probably bought yours at one of the local head shops. You may not have even been caught with drugs. So why are you facing a serious charge? Today, the team at MRD Lawyers shares some details about the possession of drug paraphernalia and what you should do if you or your child face a charge.
What is Considered Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia?
So when does a pipe (or any other drug-related equipment) become illegal to possess? In short, it becomes illegal if it is found that the item in question has been used to develop or consume a controlled substance, or if there is intent to use it in such a way.
There is no hard and set rule when it comes to drug paraphernalia possession. Many items that are designed for drug use also have uses for legal substances like tobacco, while items that aren’t designed for drug use can be turned into drug paraphernalia.
When courts consider if an item qualifies as drug paraphernalia, they take a look at a few different factors. For instance, was the item in question found near illegal drugs? Did the accused make any statements about the item? Did the item contain drug residue?
What Should I Do First?
The bad news is: you are potentially facing a serious fine as well as a misdemeanor charge on your record — even for a first time offense. Subsequent charges may even result in face jail time. If you or your loved one are facing an unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia charge, reach out to a defense attorney with the experience and ability to fight for you.
Get The Legal Help You Need with MRD Lawyers
Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia is no joke. If you or a loved one have been accused of a drug paraphernalia offense or any other crime in Springfield, MO — reach out to the attorneys at MRD Lawyers.
We spent over 20 years as prosecuting attorneys; we have a deep understanding of how your case will be prosecuted. There is a reason MRD Lawyers is the top-rated law firm in Springfield — we know what it takes to fight for you. Contact our team today at 417-221-9872 to get the help you need.