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Can I get charged for having drug paraphernalia?

While it is quite obvious that being found with illegal drugs in your possession will result in a criminal charge, many do not know that it can also be illegal to have drug paraphernalia in your possession.

Many items that can be completely legal in certain contexts can be used to manufacture and administer drugs. This can include needles, syringes and spoons. However, when found in a certain context that gives law enforcement a reason to believe that drugs have been used or administered, criminal charges can be brought.

What does the law say about drug paraphernalia in Ohio?

It is always illegal to have the intent to sell equipment that can be clearly used to consume or manufacture drugs. This can include bongs, pipes and hookah, but since these can be used for legal drugs such as tobacco, sellers are unlikely to face legal consequences. It is also illegal to mail, transport, import or export drug paraphernalia.

How can I defend myself against drug paraphernalia charges in Ohio?

The truth is that whether an item is classed as drug paraphernalia can be very subjective. This means that so many items that can be classed as completely legal items, but can also carry legal charges if viewed in a certain context. Therefore, often a successful defense strategy is trying to show that there is absolutely no evidence that these items were intended to be used in relation to drugs.

If you are facing drug paraphernalia charges in Ohio, it is important that you take action as soon as possible in order to form your defense.

Source: FindLaw, "Drug Paraphernalia Charges," accessed April 26, 2018

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