For many people, drug use is an occasional occurrence, not part of a person's regular routine. However, the law specifies that any amount of illicit drug use can be punishable by law. There are many different types of drug charges that one may be facing in connection with alleged drug use. One of those charges is known as possession of drug paraphernalia.
Really, there are two ways or means in which one can be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Drug paraphernalia is a term that encompasses any item that could be used in connection with illegal drugs. It can be found on a person during a search or in their property or home. The two ways in which one can be charged with drug paraphernalia, are in connection with charges in which one is accused of distributing drugs and those that are accused of ingesting drugs.
This distinction can be important for someone who is facing drug paraphernalia charges. This is because every day ordinary household items such as scales or spoons can be also used in connection with charges related to distribution or consumption of illegal drugs. Generally, consumption is the lesser serious charge of the two, as distribution charges tend to have more serious consequences if convicted. However, drug paraphernalia charges are not charges to take lightly. They can have a big impact on a person's future if convicted.
Many times, people will see drug paraphernalia charges in addition to other, related drug charges. Depending what one is accused of, drug paraphernalia may actually be the lesser crime of the bunch. This is especially true if you or a loved one is facing charges related to drug distribution. Whatever the specific charge, drug charges are nothing to take lightly.