Not only can you be arrested in Texas for possession of any amount of drugs, but you can also face criminal charges for possession of items associated with the drug. Drug paraphernalia may include any item or device that enables a person to use, distribute, or manufacture an illegal drug.
Common examples of drug paraphernalia include:
Pipes, bongs, grinders, rolling papers, and other items associated with marijuana use
Glass and metal pipes to smoke crack cocaine and methamphetamine
Syringes to inject heroin and other similar drugs
Chemicals and equipment used to manufacture drugs
Small plastic baggies and other packaging products
Scales to weigh drugs
UV lights and other cultivation products used to grow cannabis
In Texas, if you knowingly use, possess, or own drug paraphernalia with the intent use these items to inhale, ingest, inject, package, manufacture, or store drugs, then you could be charged with a Class C misdemeanor, which is punishable by a maximum fine of $500 and no jail time. Additionally, your driver’s license will be automatically suspended for 180 days, or one year if you are under 21 years of age.
If you knowingly deliver drug paraphernalia or possess such an item to deliver, you could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a maximum jail term of one year, a fine of up to $4,000, and license suspension. If this offense involved delivering to a person who is under 18 years old, then you could be charged with a state jail felony, which carries a state jail sentence between 180 days and two years, a fine of up to $10,000, and license suspension.
If you are facing drug charges in Bryan or College Station, look no further than The Law Office of Shane Phelps, P.C. to defend you against harsh criminal penalties. Contact us today at (979) 773-7028 for a free initial consultation.