If you are facing drug charges, your life could unravel in various ways. Aside from financial penalties, you could have a shattered reputation, lose friends and lose your job. Even seemingly minor charges, such as those involving the possession of drug paraphernalia, can result in harsh repercussions.
Moreover, some people are wrongly accused of drug-related offenses, whether someone plants evidence in their vehicle or they face charges over an item that was never intended for drug-related purposes.
The definition of drug paraphernalia
Colorado’s official website provides a definition of drug paraphernalia, which consists of any products, materials or equipment used for planting, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, processing, testing, storing or consuming unlawful substances. For example, you could face charges if a law enforcement official catches you with items used to test the strength of an illegal drug or measure the quantity of an illegal substance.
Paraphernalia charges and objects used to consume drugs
There are various examples of drug paraphernalia that allow people to consume illegal drugs. For example, pipes made out of wood, glass or plastic constitute drug paraphernalia, in some instances. Water pipes, roach clips, spoons intended for cocaine use and bongs can also result in drug paraphernalia charges. It is important to note that certain marijuana accessories are not treated as drug paraphernalia.
If you are facing drug paraphernalia charges, or you find yourself in court for any other drug-related offense, you need to carefully review your options. Make sure you have a clear understanding of your legal rights and any unique factors that could affect the outcome of the case.