Drug charges in the state of Florida aren’t uncommon. Unfortunately, some people are arrested for the possession of drug paraphernalia without even realizing what they have done.
Understanding what drug paraphernalia consists of can help you avoid these charges. Keep reading to learn more.
Everyday items that may be considered drug paraphernalia
When you look in your vehicle or even in your purse or backpack, you may find items that can be considered drug paraphernalia if the police search you. Some everyday items might be mistaken for drug-related material because often, those involved in using or selling drugs have taken advantage of the fact that they are readily available. For instance, some drug users cook up on spoons. Some dealers take a set of kitchen scales to weigh out their products.
In most cases, just having one or two of these items won’t cause concern. However, if you have multiple items on the list above and the police pull you over for a traffic violation and conduct a search of your person or vehicle, you may also face possession of drug paraphernalia charges.
The potential consequences of being arrested for drug paraphernalia
The consequences of possessing drug paraphernalia vary based on the suspected intent. For example, are the police accusing you of you selling it, using it, delivering it to a minor or some other purpose? You could face misdemeanor or felony charges as a result.
Protecting your rights when facing criminal charges
If you are arrested and charged with any type of criminal drug offense, it’s important to know your legal rights and protect them. This will help you understand what type of evidence is needed to prove your innocence in these situations.