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What happens if the police find drug paraphernalia on you?

On Behalf of | Jul 28, 2023 | Criminal Defense

Georgia maintains stringent laws and regulations regarding drug offenses, including those related to drug paraphernalia. Being found in possession of drug paraphernalia can lead to serious legal consequences.

Learning about these consequences will help you better comprehend the gravity of such situations and take necessary actions to safeguard your future.

Drug paraphernalia defined

Drug paraphernalia refers to any equipment, product or material that you use or intend to use in planting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, enhancing, packaging, storing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing a controlled substance into the human body. Examples include pipes, rolling papers and syringes.

Penalties for possessing drug paraphernalia

In Georgia, possession of drug paraphernalia is a misdemeanor. This means that if convicted, you could face up to one year in jail and fines of up to $1,000. In addition, a conviction will result in a criminal record, which can have long-term consequences such as difficulties in finding employment, securing housing or obtaining certain licenses.

Factors affecting the severity of the consequences

The specific consequences of a drug paraphernalia charge can vary depending on many factors. These include whether you have previous drug-related convictions, the amount and type of paraphernalia found and whether the paraphernalia was in use at the time of the arrest.

If you face charges for possessing drug paraphernalia, it is crucial that you understand your rights and responsibilities. Stay calm, cooperate with the police and do not make any statements about the alleged offense. Understanding your rights and the consequences of your actions can help you make it through this challenging situation.