Assertive Attorney Fights Drug Paraphernalia Charges in Fort Wayne
Proven advocate represents clients charged with making, owning or selling drug delivery devices
Possession of drug paraphernalia is one of the most common drug charges in Fort Wayne. Most often, the charge is filed along with other more serious charges, but it can also be filed as the sole charge in a case. As a Class C misdemeanor, possession of drug paraphernalia is punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine — a pretty hefty price for possessing something as simple as a marijuana pipe. The penalties are even higher if you have a previous drug-related conviction. Don’t overlook the significance a conviction of this charge can have on your record. The Law Offices of Ryan E. Lackey can protect your rights and tenaciously defend you.
How is drug paraphernalia defined by law?
You can be charged with possessing drug paraphernalia under Indiana law if you knowingly or intentionally have an instrument, device or another object that:
- Is used to introduce into a human body a controlled substance
- That tests the strength, effectiveness or purity of a controlled substance, or
- Enhances the strength of a controlled substance
Generally, any item that can be used for consuming illegal drugs may be considered paraphernalia. These include:
- Roach clips
- Freebase kits
- Hypodermic needles
Rolling papers are not considered drug paraphernalia because they can also be used to roll tobacco cigarettes.
Defending drug paraphernalia charges in Indiana
While simple possession of paraphernalia is a Class C misdemeanor, it becomes a Class A misdemeanor if you have a prior unrelated drug conviction or judgment. It is also a Class A misdemeanor to manufacture or deal drug paraphernalia. If convicted, you face up to a year in jail and up to a $5,000 fine. Regardless of the level of the crime, a conviction on your record for drug paraphernalia can negatively impact your job, your ability to change jobs, acceptance into the military or college, or your child custody rights. Your first step if you face a drug paraphernalia charge should be to contact a qualified drug defense attorney.
The Law Offices of Ryan E. Lackey investigates every case thoroughly to protect our clients. In your defense, we will explore whether the paraphernalia has a legitimate purpose, such as for research or other legal use, whether the police search was legal, and whether you knew or intentionally possessed the object.
Contact an aggressive drug paraphernalia defense attorney in Fort Wayne
If you face a drug paraphernalia possession charge, contact an attorney who understands how to defend your rights under Indiana law. Call The Law Offices of Ryan E. Lackey at 260-209-1666 or contact our Fort Wayne office online to schedule a free consultation.