Why Drug Possession & Paraphernalia Charges Require A Strong Defense
Drug paraphernalia charges can be filed against those who are suspected of possessing, selling, making, or transporting pipes, needles or other devices that can be used to consume illegal narcotics.
In general, drug paraphernalia charges are among the less serious types of drug charges that can be filed against a person, especially when compared to far more serious drug crimes charges like drug trafficking and federal drug crimes charges. Despite this fact, however, it’s still crucial that the accused defend themselves against drug paraphernalia charges, as:
- These charges are often coupled with other more serious charges, such as possession of marijuana, cocaine or heroin.
- Being convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia could cost anywhere from $100 in fines (for the most minor offenses) and up to $1,000. Additionally, if convicted of manufacturing, selling or advertising drug paraphernalia (all of which are class 2 misdemeanor crimes), an individual could face up to one year in jail.
- Convictions on these charges will appear on a person’s criminal record and can significantly damage his or her career, future job prospects and reputation. Additionally, drug paraphernalia convictions could prevent an individual from being able to secure government benefits, student or other loans and/or entrance into college (if the individual is a student applying to colleges).
Defense Against Drug Paraphernalia Charges
The best defense against drug paraphernalia charges will depend on a number of factors, some of which include:
- Whether the charges involve allegations of possession, sale, manufacturing or distribution of drug paraphernalia
- Whether the accused individual has a criminal record (particularly if the criminal record has convictions associated with other drug crimes)
Generally, however, some effective defense strategies against drug paraphernalia charges can include arguments that:
- The alleged paraphernalia was, in fact, used for legal purposes (i.e., smoking tobacco or as a decoration).
- The paraphernalia did not belong to the accused.
- Police illegally searched the accused and seized the drug paraphernalia, which would lead to this evidence getting thrown out of court and the drug paraphernalia charges being dropped.
Denver Drug Crimes Lawyers At Flesch & Beck Law
Individuals accused of a crime have the right to their day in court, and working with an experienced Denver drug crimes attorney can make a significant difference in the outcome of the case. Those who have been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia or any felony or misdemeanor crime in Colorado are strongly encouraged to contact the discreet and skilled attorneys of Flesch & Beck Law for the strongest possible defense in their case.
While our trusted attorneys are skilled at aggressively defending the rights of the accused both inside and outside of the courtroom, we are also fiercely committed to helping our clients achieve the best possible resolution to their cases. To set up a free initial consult, contact us at 720-689-0322.