Strategic Representation Against Harsh Charges
Arizona law prohibits citizens to “use, or to possess with intent to use, drug paraphernalia to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, conceal, inject, ingest, inhale or otherwise introduce into the human body a drug …”
Possession of drug paraphernalia is a Class 6 felony with steep consequences.
At Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC, our lawyers have nearly four decades of combined experience and a considerable record of success. If you face charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, having a skilled attorney on your side is important to protect your rights.
What Is Drug Paraphernalia?
Drug paraphernalia can be almost anything: a pipe, syringe, paper clip, spoon or even a plastic baggie. Even when an object’s common use has nothing to do with drugs, it can be considered paraphernalia if used in connection with any illicit drug.
Potential Consequences Of A Conviction
Arizona has tough laws when it comes to possession of drug paraphernalia. Such charges are eligible for probation for first- and second-time drug offenders if they agree to participate in drug counseling and/or education.
However, a felony can still have long-lasting consequences on a person’s educational and employment opportunities. Our attorneys will work to reduce or even dismiss the charges you face. Many times, possession of drug paraphernalia can be filed as a misdemeanor in the city or justice courts. Even after a felony charge, a reduction to a misdemeanor is possible.
Another possibility is entry into the TASC program, a diversion program that allows a person to earn a dismissal of drug charges through the completion of random drug tests, education and/or counseling, and payment of fees. Upon successful completion, prosecutors will dismiss your case.
Identifying An Appropriate Defense Strategy For You
We can present strategic defenses at trial or as part of settlement negotiations. One major issue to determine is whether a person knowingly possessed the drug paraphernalia. When the paraphernalia belongs to someone else and was unknown to you, we will work to prove this and seek a dismissal of the case. We will also consider possible violations of your Miranda rights or right to counsel and whether the police conducted an illegal search.