Orange County Drug Paraphernalia Lawyer
Drug Paraphernalia Charges - California Health and Safety Code §11364
Have you recently been stopped by the police in Orange County? Did you have any drugs on you at the time of your arrest, such as marijuana or cocaine? Along with the other charges you may be facing, were you also accused of possessing drug paraphernalia?
If so, you may be wondering exactly what that means and how it may impact your case.
For more information on these and other types of drug related issues, give the Orange County drug crime attorneys at Law Office of Michael L. Guisti a call - day or night - at (714) 530-9690.
Since 1999, we have defended individuals just like you accused of committing a drug crime. From charges for possession to the sale and manufacture of controlled substances, we have the experience, the understanding, and the tenacity you'll need to defend yourself in court. But, it's up to you to make the first move and begin building your defense.
What Is Drug Paraphernalia?
Anything suspected by the authorities to be an item that aids in the use of an illicit substance can be considered paraphernalia. California Health and Safety Code 11364 specifically states that it is illegal to own or possess any item "used for unlawfully injecting or smoking a controlled substance."
Unfortunately, this could mean a wide range of everyday items that most families have in their home. Anything from a small spoon to a rubber hose could be considered "paraphernalia" in the wrong circumstances. The prosecution must prove that the "paraphernalia" in question is in fact yours.
What Kind of Defense Options are Available in Orange County?
As with many drug arrests and charges, there are many viable options that may fit your particular circumstances. In the case of "drug paraphernalia," the prosecution must argue that you were aware the objects in question were drug paraphernalia, you were aware the items in question were in your vicinity at the time of your arrest, and that you had some sort of ownership or control over these devices. Of course, that's a lot for the prosecution to come up with, but it can be done. And law enforcement will do everything they can to confirm the charges. It's recommended that your attorney begin building your case now – before it is too late.
What Happens If I Am Convicted in OC?
Generally speaking, owning or possessing drug paraphernalia is usually compounded with other charges. So, you may be facing possession, or sale of a controlled substance, AND possessing drug paraphernalia. If so, it could bump your potential charges up a few hundred dollars and additional jail time.
Don't wait another minute. Call Law Office of Michael L. Guisti as soon as possible at (714) 530-9690, day or night.
Whether you're facing a felony or a misdemeanor, don't risk a conviction. Act quickly to redeem your reputation and protect your record by consulting with our Orange County criminal defense lawyer. Call today to schedule your free consultation.