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Can Household Items in your Vehicle Lead to Drug Paraphernalia Charges?

In short, the answer is yes. In fact, many common household items are drug paraphernalia.

To clarify, drug paraphernalia is defined as “any equipment, product or material which is primarily intended or designed for use in manufacturing, compounding, converting, concealing, producing, processing, preparing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling, or introducing a controlled substance into the human body.”

As a result, if you are stopped with these items, you can be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

These include:

  • Spoons
  • Glass, metal, or wooden pipes
  • Small plastic bags
  • Syringes
  • Needles
  • Lighters
  • Razor blades
  • Rolling papers
  • Kitchen scale

Above all, owning these items is not illegal.  For example, someone on a keto diet may use a kitchen scale to weigh food portions.  Likewise, a person who rolls their own tobacco cigarettes may have rolling papers. However, if you have items these items in your vehicle, it can look suspicious. On the other hand, prosecutors must establish that you used the items found for illegal drugs.

Penalties for Drug Paraphernalia Possession

Possession

  • Class C misdemeanor
  • Penalties include a fine of up to $500.

Delivery or sale of drug paraphernalia

  • Class A misdemeanor.
  • Penalties include jail time up to one year and a fine of up to $4,000.

Contact DWI Expert Clyde Burleson

If charged with possession of paraphernalia, you will need an experienced DWI lawyer to provide the best possible defense. Call Clyde W. Burleson, P.C., today at 713-628-1503 for a free consultation and to get your charge dismissed.

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