What is drug paraphernalia? What is possession of drug paraphernalia?
Charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in Wisconsin?
In Wisconsin, possession of drug paraphernalia carries significant penalties. Possession can bring a fine of $500 and a jail term up to 30 days, with a drug conviction that stays on your record for years. And if you are convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia with regard to methamphetamine, you are facing felony charges with up to six years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.00.
But it may not be clear to everyone what constitutes illegal possession. You may be arrested for something innocent, or have a valid defense against the charges. An experienced lawyer can examine your case and try to identify defenses for you.
Defining Drug Paraphernalia
Drug paraphernalia, in Wisconsin, consists of anything you would use to make or use an illegal substance. a credit card or straw that you use to cut amounts of heroin or cocaine, or a spoon and a lighter used to heat heroin, could be tools that help addicts use illegal drugs.
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
For illegal possession charges, though, it is not enough that something could be used to take illegal drugs. Rather, the person arrested has to have intent for the object to be used with drugs. The police sometimes infer intent from evidence, of course; a credit card with traces of cocaine, or a spoon with traces of heroin, may show a purpose and intent of using them as paraphernalia to use drugs. On the other hand, with a clean implement, it may be more difficult for the police to demonstrate it was used as drug paraphernalia.
The system is stacked against anyone accused of drug crimes. You need a solid legal defense ready once you have been accused. The lawyers at Eisenberg Law Offices are experienced in criminal law and ready to help defend you against charges for possession of drug paraphernalia. Don’t leave your defense to just anyone; contact us today so we can get you the protection you deserve.