I’m charged with Possession of 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. However, you will NOT. Now, this is not to say that jail and a fine are impossible, but you do not need worry about them.
Do I need an attorney to represent me?
Yes. Although you are not going to jail and are 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 charge amended to a completely different charge (not drug related) is possible. Further, having the charge complete dismissed is also a realistic possibility. But these options are only likely with an attorney.
Will this charge appear on my record?
The answer depends on what happens in court. If you are 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 you are represented by a good attorney.
Defenses to Possession of Drug Paraphernalia:
Depending on what the paraphernalia is, a Medical Cannabis Card will be an excellent defense.
Likewise, filing a motion to challenge 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 you’re only charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, you can expect to pay between $500.00 and $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 versus if I don’t?
Without an attorney, you will have to basically plead guilty to the charge and hope that 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 consultation either over the telephone or in-person. You can start by calling: (708) 410-0090.