Facing charges for possession of drug paraphernalia in Fort Lauderdale can be very difficult to withstand – you might not know what’s going to happen next, or with your case. The drug defense attorneys at Rossen Law Firm are here to help educate and guide you through this unfamiliar territory. Get in touch with a South Florida possession of drug paraphernalia lawyer to get started.
What is the Crime of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia?
Drug paraphernalia is a term that encompasses any equipment, product or accessory that is intended for making, using, or concealing drugs. Drug paraphernalia is typically for personal use.
More specifically, the Florida Statute defines drug paraphernalia as all equipment, products, and materials of any kind which are used, intended for use, or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, transporting, injecting, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing the human body to a controlled substance.
CONSEQUENCES OF POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA IN SOUTH FLORIDA
The charge of possession of drug paraphernalia is often linked to another simple drug possession charge. Even if it isn’t, it still has the harsh penalty of an automatic first-degree misdemeanor, the highest level of a misdemeanor.
If you are in possession of drug paraphernalia, the crime of possession of drug paraphernalia is a first-degree misdemeanor, as a Fort Lauderdale attorney can explain. A first-degree misdemeanor carries consequences of up to 1 year in jail and fines of up to $1,000. If you also are in possession of a controlled substance, that will be an additional charge with its own consequences.
Under Florida law, a person is prohibited from being in actual or constructive possession of a controlled substance unless the substance was lawfully and legally obtained from a practitioner who provided a valid prescription in good faith of their professional practice.
- Many people associate possession as the definition of actual possession when actually there are different types of having ownership over something.
- Actual possession is defined as having physical and direct contact or control of an object.
- Examples of actual possession include having a controlled substance in your hand or in your pocket.
- There are no mandatory minimum prison sentences for those charged with actual possession of drug paraphernalia.
- Constructive possession is a lot more complicated because certain elements need to be proven prior to finding a defendant guilty of constructive possession.
- Constructive possession is defined as a defendant’s knowledge of the controlled substance and their ability to secure control over the item despite not being in close proximity.
- Examples of constructive possession include storing a controlled substance in the trunk of your car or packaged narcotics in your bedside drawer.
- There are no mandatory minimum prison sentences for those charged with constructive possession of drug paraphernalia.
A FORT LAUDERDALE POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY CAN HELP
If you’re facing a charge for possession of drug paraphernalia, we are here for you. Rossen Law firm is the most compassionate and hard-working law firm. We have extensive experience and provide all our clients with compassionate and expert defense so they can feel secure that they chose the right attorney.
We believe individuals who are charged with possession of drug paraphernalia are not criminals. We understand that situations happen and we believe that bad things can happen to good people.
Give our office a call if you’re facing charges for possession of drug paraphernalia. We are here to act as your shield against any and all of your criminal drug charges. One situation and moment in your life shouldn’t have the power to ruin your life- and we work hard to make sure it does not.
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Defenses
- Illegal Search and Seizure: This defense can be used if law enforcement officers use their power incorrectly and illegally require individuals to submit to a vehicle, home, or body search. Rossen Law Firm could prove that they illegally searched your property and once we file what is called a “motion to suppress” to the clerk, the courts will suppress the evidence as having been illegally collected.
- Possession: One of the most important factors of a drug paraphernalia case is proving the person charged with the offense was in control of the item. Your defense attorney can argue that you were not in possession under the Florida Statute of the drug paraphernalia.
- Find the legal definition of possession on our drug crime page.
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HOW WE WIN POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA CASES
- Learn how we got a drug paraphernalia charge dismissed in Wellington, Florida.
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