Almost anyone who has been charged with a drug charge or has sat in a courtroom for a couple minutes has most likely heard the word paraphernalia. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia is a very common charge that accompanies almost any charge for Possession of a Controlled Substance, however it is a fairly vague offense that most people don’t understand.
What is Paraphernalia?
Paraphernalia is colloquially used as a catch all term to describe general items of equipment in relation to a certain subject. When it comes to drug paraphernalia, the legislature has written a very lengthy definition that covers almost anything you can think of. Ultimately, what paraphernalia means as it pertains to drug crimes is any item that is used by an individual to help use the drug, i.e. smoke, ingest, consume, etc…. Or any item used to help grow, produce, or distribute the drug. Obviously, the most common item that fits this definition is a pipe used for smoking marijuana.
Dealing with Paraphernalia Charges
If you have been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance or Possession of Paraphernalia then you should first contact a criminal defense attorney at Provo Criminal Defense to help you with your case. Paraphernalia is not the most serious charge on the books but it can have some negative effects on your future as any drug offense can. Call or email us today to find out more about what we can do for you in your case.