Being caught with “drug paraphernalia” even without the drugs is serious charge in the state of Florida. Any type drug paraphernalia possession is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of one year imprisonment and a maximum fine of $1,000. The state defines any product, equipment, or device used to make illegal drugs as “paraphernalia”.
You might be surprised to learn that this is a very common charge. Typical drug paraphernalia includes syringes, pipes, scales, and rolling papers, but it can also include any object that can used for the smoking, or making, or planting, or packaging of drugs. That is a pretty wide definition. The good news is that a criminal defense attorney has many options when it comes to your potential defense. These kind of charges are sometimes difficult for the prosecution to prove in court. The possession requirement can be easily attacked in court since there are times when the item in question was never found in the actual possession of an individual, but instead in close proximity.
Of course, until that time comes when Florida legalizes marijuana, you can expect law enforcement to come after your bongs, pipes and roach clips. If you find yourself in such a predicament, it is important to remember to hire a skilled, experience defense lawyer who has handle drug charges before. Any arrest that involves drugs, even if only paraphernalia, is a very serious criminal matter. Take immediate action by hiring an attorney and begin the process of fighting for your rights.