Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Defend Yourself with a Proven Athens Drug Crime Defense Attorney
Under Georgia’s drug laws, you don’t have to be caught with illegal substances to be charged with a criminal offense—even having drug paraphernalia in your possession is grounds for charges. Possession of drug paraphernalia is a misdemeanor offense, which could result in a criminal record if you are convicted of this crime. A competent Athens drug crime defense lawyer can help defend you against these charges.
Learn how you can fight these charges during a free case evaluation. Call (706) 705-5122 to set up a meeting at Law Offices of J. Lee Webb.
Georgia’s Drug Paraphernalia Laws
Georgia considers drug paraphernalia to be anything that can be used to either manufacture or use an intoxicating substance. Things that fall into this category include pipes, bongs or syringes. Items used to make methamphetamines, such as tubes, beakers, or to distribute the drug, such as scales or bags, are also classified as drug paraphernalia.
Items that could be considered as drug paraphernalia include:
- Roach clips
- Water pipes
- Cigarette papers
The penalties for a drug paraphernalia possession conviction could include a maximum of one year behind bars and up to $1,000 in fines. In addition, you will develop a criminal record that can be accessed by third parties—including potential employers and university admission boards.
Often, a person arrested for drug possession will be charged with paraphernalia possession as well. In many cases, the prosecution will offer to drop the drug paraphernalia case in exchange for a guilty plea to the drug possession charges. This type of plea bargain is not always in your best interest, so working with a defense lawyer is recommended.
Schedule A Free Legal Evaluation Now
Law enforcement and prosecutors do not take drug-related offenses lightly, which is why you need a defense lawyer to protect your rights. As a UGA graduate, Athens drug crime defense attorney Lee Webb understands the Athens-Clarke County police department and legal system, and can use his experience and training to help fight a drug crime charge.
To have your questions answered, please call (706) 705-5122 now to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.