It is illegal to possess drug paraphernalia in the United States. Paraphernalia is an instrument or device that can be used to ingest drugs. In fact, possessing any of these items is a violation of federal law as outlined in Code Title 21 Section 863.
This may be surprising, since drug paraphernalia is relatively easy to acquire via many online retailers, mail order businesses and local businesses. For example, you purchase a pipe at a local gas station, time passes by, you get pulled over for a minor traffic offense and the police officer sees the pipe with marijuana residue. The officer has the authority to arrest and charge you with drug paraphernalia. If you have recently been arrested for this or any other drug crime, you need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Paraphernalia is also illegal at the state level. Under Georgia’s Controlled Substances Act, it is illegal to possess any drug related object or paraphernalia, such as:
- Drug packaging
- Pipes, including those made of wood, metal, acrylic, stone, plastic, glass or ceramic
- Miniature spoons employed in the usage of cocaine
- Roach clips
- Freebase cocaine materials
- Rolling papers
Penalties for Paraphernalia
Possession of drug paraphernalia is a misdemeanor in Georgia, punishable by up to one year in jail (more likely for repeat offenders), a fine of $1,000, drug testing and probation.
Defense Against Paraphernalia Charges
If you have been charged with possessing drug paraphernalia or if you are facing this charge in connection with other drug crimes, you need to seek legal counsel from an experienced drug crimes defense attorney. Our Atlanta lawyers offer a free virtual phone or video consultation. Contact the firm of Kohn & Yager,LLC. today to request a free review of your case. Simply start by calling:(404)567-5515 or clicking the button below.
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