Facing criminal charges can turn anyone's life upside down. Even if you believe that you have not done anything wrong, police officers could charge you if they suspect that you are involved in some type of criminal activity. Suddenly, a normal day could turn into you facing a serious predicament.
One type of charge that could catch you off guard is possession of drug paraphernalia. Police may consider a number of seemingly everyday objects to be drug paraphernalia depending on the context in which authorities find them. However, you can still defend against this allegation in hopes of avoiding unnecessary consequences.
Types of drug paraphernalia
Authorities may suspect that certain objects have been used for drug-related activity, especially if they have already discovered controlled substances. However, the suspected paraphernalia may depend on the type of drug allegedly involved. Some objects associated with specific drug use include the following:
- Heroin: spoons, tin foil, needles, shortened straws or pipes
- Inhalants: aerosol cans, balloons, rags, glue or nozzles
- Cocaine: small mirrors, razor blades, pipes, lighters, shortened straws and paper rolls
- Ecstasy: pacifiers, lollipops, glow sticks, dust masks or bags of candy
Authorities may consider any of the above-mentioned objects or others drug paraphernalia if they believe someone used the object to take a controlled substance. Police may also suspect other objects, such as plastic baggies or scales, if they believe that you or someone else planned to distribute drugs.
Commonly, charges for possession of drug paraphernalia come in addition to other drug-related allegations. However, they can stand alone as well. Depending on your specific situation, you may have a considerable number of questions about allegations, why authorities suspected certain objects for drug use, your defense options and various other topics. You may feel even more out of sorts if you have no idea why police suspected you in the first place.
No matter how the allegations came about, you now face a serious legal predicament. Fortunately, you have the opportunity to defend against charges brought against you. You may wish to speak with a New Jersey attorney about your legal options and how you may implement the best defense strategies for your specific case. This assistance may prove even more valuable if you are an immigrant who fears that criminal charges could negatively affect your residency status.