Personal Attention.
Aggressive Defense.

Photo of Thomas C. Mooney

What are drug paraphernalia charges?

On Behalf of | Apr 25, 2023 | Drug Charges

It’s commonly believed that drug charges only happen when someone is caught with drugs. The drugs may be found on someone’s person or they were caught selling or manufacturing them. However, handling something that is associated with drug use could lead to a paraphernalia drug charge.

While drug paraphernalia is harmless by itself, possession of paraphernalia could indicate that someone has or intends to use or sell drugs. Lawmakers try to prevent drug use by creating penalties for the possession of such goods. A paraphernalia charge may also occur when it’s believed the drug-related items were being used, manufactured or sold.

What items are drug-related paraphernalia? 

People use all kinds of things to use and abuse drugs. For example, bongs, pipes, roach clips, rolling paper and trays may all indicate illegal cannabis use. While lighters, spoons and syringes may be related to heavy drugs, like heroin or meth. Scales, balances, pill bottles and bags may be used for the manufacture and distribution of illicit substances. 

What are the penalties of a drug paraphernalia charge?

Much like a drug possession charge, a drug paraphernalia charge can lead to many penalties. The possession of marijuana paraphernalia with the intent to use could lead to one year in jail and a $500 fine. A non-marijuana drug paraphernalia charge with the intent to use could lead to four years in prison and fines up to $25,000.

If you’re facing a drug paraphernalia charge in Maryland, then you may need to understand your legal rights and options for a defense strategy.