What Is Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in Maryland?

In Maryland, as in many other states, the possession of drug paraphernalia is a serious offense that can lead to significant legal consequences. Understanding what constitutes drug paraphernalia and the penalties for being caught with it is crucial for anyone facing these serious charges. Here’s what you need to understand about drug paraphernalia in Maryland.

What Is Drug Paraphernalia?

Maryland law defines drug paraphernalia as any equipment, product, or material used, intended for use, or designed for use in manufacturing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, storing, or using drugs. That might sound confusing, but that’s because this law is designed to encompass many materials that could be used in the manufacturing and selling processes, not just the drugs themselves. Common examples of drug paraphernalia include pipes, bongs, syringes, and scales.

What Does Maryland Law Have to Say About Possession of Drug Paraphernalia?

In Maryland, it is illegal to possess drug paraphernalia with the intent to use it for a controlled substance. Possession of drug paraphernalia is considered a misdemeanor offense. If you are convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia, you may face fines ranging from $500 to $2,000, probation, or even imprisonment for up to two years depending on the circumstances of the case.

Beyond the legal penalties associated with a conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia, you may also face personal or professional consequences. Some companies take drug offenses seriously, and you may be unable to pass a background check to work in certain industries. By working with an experienced attorney, you can work to protect your freedom and criminal record from the most serious consequences.

Is There Hope?

Absolutely! If you are facing charges for possession of drug paraphernalia in Maryland, it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. A skilled lawyer can evaluate your case and explore potential defenses. For example, were your constitutional rights violated during the arrest? Your defense could be constructed around this serious violation of your rights. If the drug paraphernalia was recovered in a shared space, proving the ownership of the paraphernalia is also an element of the case that could be used to your advantage.

You Need Representation for Your Case from The Law Office of Elizabeth Anu Lawrence

If you are worried about the outcome of your case or you were found with drug paraphernalia, choose an experienced firm like the Law Office of Elizabeth Anu Lawrence to give you the help you need.  Please give us a call at 443.352.3201. Skype and telephone consultation are both available to clients.

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