I’m Charged with possession Drug Paraphernalia, how serious is this?
Possessing drug paraphernalia is a Class A Misdemeanor. This means that a person could go to jail for up to 364 days. However, you will NOT go to jail. Furthermore, you could receive a fine up to #2,500.00, Nevertheless, you will NOT. Now, this is not to say that jail and a fine are impossible. But, you need not have to worry about them.
Do I need an Attorney to Represent me?
Yes. Although your not going to jail and not paying the maximum fine, you still have to worry about keeping this off of your record and keeping the fine (if there is one) as low as possible. With the right attorney, having this drug paraphernalia charged amended to a completely different charge (not drug related) is possible. Further, having the charge complete dismissed is also a realistic possibility. But this options are only likely with an attorney.
Will this Charge appear on my Record?
The answer depends on what happens in court. If your convicted, the answer is yes. However, this is why representation by an attorney is so important. It would be highly unlikely to obtain a conviction if your represented by a good attorney.
Defenses to Possession of Drug Paraphernalia:
Depending on what the paraphernalia is a Medical Cannibus Card will be an excellent defense.
Likewise, filing a motion to challange the reason the police officer stopped you and found the paraphernalia might have the charge thrown out of court. Information on motions is located HERE.
How Much does an Attorney Charge for this Possession of Drug Paraphernalia?
Attorneys prices vary greatly. There is no set price. However, if your only charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, you can expect to pay between $500. to $1,500.00. Once an attorney has more specific facts and the court locations, a more specific price can be provided.
What is the likely outcome if I have an Attorney and if I don’t?
Without an attorney you will have to basically plead guilty to the charge and hope you receive court supervision. You will receive a higher fine than you otherwise would with an attorney. However, with an attorney you have a real chance of getting a dismissal of the charge.
Attorney Young offers a free, no-obligation either over the telephone or in-person. You can start by calling: (708) 410-0090.