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Drug paraphernalia is what the law refers to as an item or piece of equipment needed for drug-related activities. For example, if law enforcement finds a marijuana pipe or bong in your possession, you might be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Even if something is legal on its own, its proximity to any controlled substances will not end up in your favor. People have been charged with drug-related crimes based on nothing more than the presence of drug paraphernalia.
If you’re facing charges of having such items, make sure to talk to one of our experienced Raleigh drug offenses attorneys. Sandman, Finn & Fitzhugh has years of experience helping people accused of crimes defend their rights and freedom.
North Carolina has two statutes regarding drug paraphernalia. One of these laws focuses solely on marijuana while the second addresses everything else. Possession of marijuana paraphernalia is a slightly less severe charge than it used to be in the past. Today, the crime is categorized as a Class 3 misdemeanor. In most cases, a conviction would lead to a small fine and a short period of probation; however, a maximum jail sentence of 20 days is possible for certain people.
Possession of drug paraphernalia that doesn’t relate to marijuana is a Class 1 misdemeanor. If you are convicted under this law, you could face a jail sentence up to 120 days. Probation terms also tend to be longer and more rigorous, and they might include provisions such as random drug tests, substance abuse classes, and community service.