In Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia County, individuals are often arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, this crime is often associated with possession of drugs and/or DUI. It is essential that any individual, who is arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia is aware of the criminal penalties that are associated with this crime and how having an experienced attorney can help them achieve the best outcome possible in their case.
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in Pennsylvania
Under Pennsylvania law, any individual who uses, or possesses with intent to use, drug paraphernalia will be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Under PA 35 P.S. Health and Safety § 780-113 § 780-113, drug paraphernalia is defined as any device that is used for the “purpose of planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packing, repacking, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled substance”. Common examples of drug paraphernalia include:
- Rolling papers,
- Razor Blades,
- Tin Foil (for smoking narcotics)
- Roach clips (for holding marijuana cigarettes)
- Small glass vials.
While this is by no means an exhaustive list, the purpose is to highlight that law enforcement officers have a wide range of items that they deem to be drug paraphernalia in the execution of their arrest.
Have you been Charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia?
The penalties associated with a first offense Possession of Drug Paraphernalia include a maximum of 1 year in prison and fines of up to $2,500.
If you or someone you know has been charged with this crime, The Law Office of Vincent J. Caputo is ready to help through this process. We understand that this charge can often be difficult for the individual involved and that is why we will work with you every step of the way in achieving the best outcome possible. Contact our office for a free consultation today, your future is our priority!