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Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

In many cases involving drug paraphernalia, individuals fail to realize that they can be arrested for simply having objects used in conjunction with drugs in their possession. They mistakenly believe that if they don't actually have any controlled substances in their possession, they can't get into any trouble.

Individuals have also been wrongfully arrested for having objects in their possession that a law enforcement official mistakenly determined was drug paraphernalia.  If you have been arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, your drug defense attorney may be able to successfully argue that you did not intend on using the object for narcotics related activities, which could lead to a dismissal of your case.

Huntsville Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Lawyer

The team of defense lawyers at Law Offices Of Segal & Segal can strategically defend you against your possession of drug paraphernalia charges. Segal & Segal believe in having their clients actively involved in every step of the process to ensure that their defense strategy is specially catered to achieve their desires.  

If you have been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia in Huntsville, Madison, Harvest, Gurley, Decatur, Trinity, Athens, Ardmore, Albertville, Grant, or the surrounding areas, call (256) 533-4529. Set up your free consultation and let Andrew Segal and his dedicated group of legal professionals minimize your stress and defend your future.

Information on Drug Paraphernalia Charges in Alabama

State Drug Paraphernalia Laws

According to Alabama Code § 13A-12-260, it is illegal for an individual to possess, sell, or deliver drug paraphernalia, knowing that it will be used or intending to use it in conjunction with controlled substances. By definition, drug paraphernalia is any equipment, products, or materials used or designed for planting, growing, manufacturing, processing, packaging, storing, injecting, smoking, or producing controlled substances.

Types of paraphernalia include, but are not limited to:

  • Scales
  • Dilutants
  • Containers
  • Capsules
  • Needles
  • Kits used to manufacture controlled substances
  • Bongs
  • Rolling paper

Law enforcement officials often use several factors or indicators to determine whether or not an object should be considered drug paraphernalia. Some of the factors include:

  • Statements made by the person who is in possession of the object detailing its use
  • The proximity of controlled substances to the object in question
  • Residue in or on the object
  • Whether or not the individual in possession of the object has prior convictions for offenses related to drugs

Penalties for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in Alabama

A first offense for possession of drug paraphernalia is considered a Class A misdemeanor and is punishable by up to a year behind bars and/or a fine of up to $6,000.

Subsequent offenses under this section will be considered a Class C felony which is punishable by between 1 to 10 years in prison and/or up to $15,000 in fines.

If an individual provides drug paraphernalia to someone under 18, and he or she is at least three years older than the minor, he or she can be charged with a Class B felony. Individuals charged with this offense face a minimum of 2 years in prison and a maximum of 20.  They can also be forced to pay a fine of up to $30,000.

Providing Quality Legal Representation for Those Facing Drug Paraphernalia Charges

With nearly 70 years of combined courtroom experience in Alabama, the qualified attorneys at Law Offices Of Segal & Segal have the knowledge and experience necessary to provide you with adequate legal representation in your Huntsville drug paraphernalia case. 

Call Segal & Segal today at (256) 533-4529 to schedule a free consultation on your case. The attorneys at our firm will thoroughly review your case and begin preparing your rigorous defense.

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