Drug Paraphernalia

Drug Charges Attorney Phoenix AZ

In Arizona it is common to receive more than one AZ drug charge such as possession of marijuana with possession of drug paraphernalia. The drug paraphernalia could be something as simple as a plastic baggie. In most situations the drug paraphernalia charge is filed as a felony when it is charged with another drug crime such as possession of marijuana, meth or other types of drugs in Arizona.

AZ Drug Paraphernalia Defenses

The Law Office of James Novak provides a strong defense for your AZ drug paraphernalia charges. There are many defenses that can be used depending on the circumstances. Below is a list of just a few (not all inclusive):

  • You may have been in the presence of someone else who had knowledge of the drug items.
  • You may live with others who share common space
  • You borrowed someone’s vehicle and were not aware of the drugs or drug paraphernalia. (If it was not yours or you did not know it was there, then why should you get a felony conviction for someone else?)
  • “Entrapment” by police or investigators occurred.
  • Defense facts prove that the item was not used for the purpose of drug paraphernalia but for a different lawful legal reason, and was mistaken for drug paraphernalia. Further, the item is not commonly used as drug paraphernalia.
  • Factual innocence

Arizona Drug Paraphernalia Laws

The AZ drug laws related to paraphernalia are broad and cover many things that could be contributed to drugs.

A.R.S. 13 -3415

13-3415. Possession, manufacture, delivery and advertisement of drug paraphernalia; definitions; violation; classification; civil forfeiture; factors

(Cited in part and paraphrased below)

A. It is unlawful for any person to use, or to possess with intent to use, drug paraphernalia to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, conceal, inject, ingest, inhale or otherwise introduce into the human body a drug in violation of this chapter.

According to Arizona laws "Drug paraphernalia" means all equipment, products and materials of any kind which are used, intended for use or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human body a drug in violation of this chapter, Arizona drug laws.

It includes: Scales and balances, Blenders, bowls, containers, spoons and mixing devices, hypodermic syringes, needles, water pipes, Roach clips, cocaine spoons and cocaine vials, chamber pipes, carburetor pipes, bongs. This list is not all inclusive.

AZ Drug Penalties

Any drug conviction in Arizona for possession of drug paraphernalia could result in probation, fines, jail, prison, counseling, drug testing. Other adverse consequences of a drug conviction include being terminated from your job, missed future job opportunities, criminal record, and whatever the judge deems necessary based on the circumstances of your AZ drug charges and conviction.

AZ Criminal Defense Lawyer - Drug Paraphernalia Charges

It makes no difference that the quantity of pot of other drug in the pipe was small. The law does not differentiate in that respect. Instead, it could be the beginning for a permanent blemish on your clean record and more adverse consequences. Don’t chance a fast conviction with life long adverse consequences by going without legal representation. Call today for your FREE consultation with and Arizona criminal defense, drug defense, drug paraphernalia attorney, James Novak at 480-413-1499. All consultations are strictly confidential. Let him begin representing you and building an effective defense for the best outcome possible in your case. James Novak proudly defends cases in Phoenix Valley wide, including but not limited to East Valley, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Scottsdale, and surrounding cities within Maricopa County.