Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
In Florida, if an individual is found to be in possession of an object that he or she intended on using in conjunction with drugs, he or she can be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. This is a serious offense that is punishable by time behind bars, as well as steep fines. However, in some cases, the arresting officer may incorrectly assume what an object was intended to be used for. In such instances, it would be helpful to have an experienced drug crimes defense attorney on your side who can point out the flaws in the prosecution’s case.
West Palm Beach Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Attorney
If you are facing charges for possession of drug paraphernalia in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, Royal Palm Beach, Lake Park, North Palm Beach, or the surrounding areas, contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A.. Attorney Stine is a dedicated defense lawyer who has the knowledge and experience necessary to adequately represent you in the court of law.
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Drug Paraphernalia Information Center
According to Fla. Stat § 893.147, it is illegal for an individual to possess drug paraphernalia with the intentions of using it in conjunction with a controlled substance. Possession of drug paraphernalia is a first degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to a year of imprisonment, and/or up to a $1,000 fine.
Under Fla. Stat. § 893.145 drug paraphernalia is defined as any equipment or product that is intended or designed for the use of introducing into the body, planting, growing, manufacturing, converting, processing, testing, packaging, storing, concealing, or transporting controlled substances.
The items that can be classified as drug paraphernalia range from household objects, to laboratory equipment. Some of the objects that are commonly considered drug paraphernalia include:
- Roach clips
- Rolling paper
- Ziploc bags
- Plastic wrap
- Small spoons
In most cases, being in possession of one or more of these objects is not enough to lead to a possession of drug paraphernalia charge. The arresting officer will usually analyze situations on a case by case basis in order to determine the likelihood that the objects were intended for drug related use. Some determining factors may be whether or not drugs were found in close vicinity to the object in question, or whether or not the alleged offender has a history of drug related offenses.
Florida law defines two different types of possession. If an individual is found to have drug paraphernalia in his or her close vicinity, hand, pocket, clothing, or otherwise on his or her body, he or she is said to be in “actual” possession of an object.
If an individual is aware that drug paraphernalia is in their presence, and had the intent and ability to possess it, they are considered to be in “constructive” possession of drug paraphernalia.
Helping You Avoid Severe Penalties
Andrew D. Stine is devoted to representing individuals who are have been accused of possession of drug paraphernalia in Lake Worth, West Palm Beach, Palm Springs, North Palm Beach, Tequesta, Delray Beach, and the surrounding areas. Stine is a qualified defense attorney who will aggressively and strategically defend you against the crime you have been accused of.
Contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at 561.880.4300 and set up a free consultation on your possession of drug paraphernalia charges. Stine has a decade of experience in dealing with drug cases, and he will use his experience and legal prowess to help you avoid the most serious penalties associated with these charges.