Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

HandcuffsJust about everybody knows that in most states across the United States, possessing, using, and selling drugs is illegal. There are very serious consequences that an individual who gets involved in these activities will face, including jail time and fines.

Something that many people may not be aware of is that just having drug paraphernalia, that is items that are used in the preparation and consumption or use of drugs, might also be a very serious criminal offense. The law refers to this as ‘possession of drug paraphernalia.’ If a person is convicted of this crime, they may face punishment that is on par with individuals who use and distribute drugs.

What Is Drug Paraphernalia According to the Law?
Many view the nation’s laws on the possession of drug paraphernalia as excessive. However, regardless of a person’s personal views, the law’s viewpoint of the issue stands. From the standpoint of the law, an individual who possesses equipment that can be used to either make, modify, or conceal recreational and illicit drugs is breaking the law. In most states, they are violating laws that are connected to health codes set for personal safety.

The prosecutor has the responsibility of proving that the individual who possess drug paraphernalia first knew what it was, that they were the ones who had control over the paraphernalia, or that they had the right to control this paraphernalia.

Bail Options for Individuals Arrested for Drug Paraphernalia
Every state handles bail bonds for possessing drug paraphernalia differently. For example, in California, the state sets the laws and punishments for all crimes that are committed in state. However, it does allow different counties jurisdiction over the amount an accused individual will pay for bail. It also allows the counties to put stipulations on how bail is paid.

In California, the amount that an individual is going to pay for bail as a result of possessing drug paraphernalia is going to change drastically depending on where they were arrested. For example, individual who was arrested in Los Angeles is going to pay around $250. On the other side of the spectrum, an individual who is arrested in Orange County is going to pay $500.

Severe Punishment for Drug Paraphernalia Possession
The punishment for being arrested with drug paraphernalia is very straightforward. Some may look at this as being excessive, but the law is the law. A person who was arrested for possessing drug paraphernalia should not think that just because they personally feel the law is excessive, they are somehow going to be shown leniency.

An example of these harsh laws can be seen in California. An individual who is arrested for drug paraphernalia possession will more than likely face up to six months of jail time and a $1,000 fine. Additionally, according to California law a person who is arrested for drug paraphernalia possession and has a professional license can be put on automatic leave. This means that in addition to facing jail time, and in addition to a fine, a person who possesses drug paraphernalia can lawfully lose their job.

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