Drug Paraphernalia Laws Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania it is a crime to be in possession of illegal drugs, narcotics and controlled substances. It is also against Pennsylvania law to possess any tools, devices or instruments used to take, ingest, inhale or inject those substances. Being arrested for use or possession of drug paraphernalia could impact your life in many ways for years to come. If you have been arrested for possession of paraphernalia, it is important that you contact an attorney right away.
35 P.S. 780-113(a)(32) states “the use of or possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia for the purpose of planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packing, repacking, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled substance in violation of this act.”
Penalties involved with this crime of use of or possession with the intent to use paraphernalia include a maximum of 1 year imprisonment and a maximum fine of $2,500.
Types Of Drug Paraphernalia
Many instruments, tools, household devices and everyday utensils can be considered drug paraphernalia. Even something as common as a soda can, or a piece of aluminum foil can be considered paraphernalia depending on the circumstances. Examples of paraphernalia and the drugs they are used for are:
- Bongs (marijuana/hashish)
- Bowls (marijuana/hashish)
- Pipes (marijuana/hashish/crack cocaine)
- Spoons (heroin/crack cocaine)
- Light Bulbs (crystal methamphetamine)
- Syringes (heroin)
- Wrapping/Rolling Papers (used to roll drugs into cigarette form)
- Plastic Bags/Baggies (used to transport and deliver specific amounts of narcotics)
- Scales (used to weigh drugs for sale/distribution)
How Our Criminal Defense Lawyers Can Help
Being caught with paraphernalia or being in possession of paraphernalia with intent to use for personal use is a misdemeanor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If you make, manufacture, sell and deliver drug paraphernalia in Pennsylvania, that is also a crime. If you sell or deliver drug paraphernalia to a minor in Pennsylvania, depending on the circumstances, there could be an increased penalty.
Being arrested for being in possession of drug paraphernalia is serious and retaining our attorneys is highly advisable.
Contact A Drug Crime Defense Lawyer
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Call our drug crime attorneys at (610) 685-8000, or contact us online, to schedule a free 30-minute initial consultation. We can meet with you at one of our offices located in Wyomissing, Lancaster, and Lebanon, and we will come to you in jail, if necessary.