The Los Angeles Drug Paraphernalia Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have over 30 years of experience handling possession of drug paraphernalia cases in Southern California. Our attorneys have the skill and expertise to provide you with the best possible defense in your case.
What Is Possession of Drug Paraphernalia?
Under California Health and Safety Code Section 11364, it is against the law for you to possess an opium pipe, or any paraphernalia used for unlawfully injecting or smoking a controlled substance. The law does not apply to needles or syringes that have been placed in a container for safe disposal.
“Drug paraphernalia” is broadly defined as all equipment, products, and materials of any kind which are 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, injecting, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled substance. This broad definition covers everything from growing kits and scales to blenders and bowls, which makes it very easy to support the charges.
There are three elements to this offense:
1. You exercised control over, or had the right to control, the drug paraphernalia;
2. You had knowledge of the drug paraphernalia’s existence; and 3. You knew that it was drug paraphernalia.
What Punishment Could I Face?
If you are convicted of this offense you could face jail time. Possessing drug paraphernalia is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in county jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
You may also lose your job or professional license if convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia. We know how much you value your freedom, so we fight all cases like yours using every applicable legal defense.
What Are My Defenses For Possession of Drug Paraphernalia?
Your lack of knowledge of the existence of the drug paraphernalia is a legal defense to this charge, but the lack of knowledge must be substantiated with evidence. At Wallin & Klarich, we leave no stone unturned discovering the evidence that will lead to a dismissal of charges.
You may also have a defense if the object you possessed was not actually drug paraphernalia. In some cases, police officers may mistakenly believe that an item is drug paraphernalia. You need an experienced attorney from Wallin & Klarich to help you determine if the item you possessed was actually drug paraphernalia.
At Wallin & Klarich, we have offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and Victorville. We have successfully represented clients facing possession of drug paraphernalia charges for over 30 years. We have the knowledge and the know-how to win your case. If you or a loved one has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, contact the experienced Los Angeles Drug Offense Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich today at 877-4-NO-JAIL or 877-466-5245 for immediate assistance. We will be there when you call.