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New York law prohibits the possession of drug paraphernalia. Paraphernalia is defined as any equipment, product, or material that is used to manufacture, store, contain, or use a controlled substance. Possession of drug paraphernalia is a separate charge from the possession of a controlled substance. If you are charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, you need an experienced attorney on your side. At Cohen Forman Barone, LLP., we have the skills and knowledge to help you defend your case. We will work hard to help you get the best results possible.
Drug paraphernalia that could trigger possession charges include:
- Bongs, pipes
- Rolling paper
- Scales and balances
- Plastic bags, capsules, vials, and other narcotics packaging
- Dilutants, diluents, or adulterants
- Precursors of controlled substances (ammonia, formamide, lithium, etc.)
What Are the Penalties for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in New York?
The penalties for possession of drug paraphernalia will depend on the type of paraphernalia involved and any prior convictions.
Possible penalties for possession of drug paraphernalia include:
- For a first-time conviction: Up to 364 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for a Class A Misdemeanor
- A subsequent conviction: Up to 7 years in prison for a Class D felony
- Possession of precursors of controlled substances: Up to 4 years in prison for a Class E felony
If you are charged with any type of charge for possession of drug paraphernalia, you should not wait to retain an attorney. Drug paraphernalia cases can be complicated and involve many details. An experienced attorney can help you navigate these details and ensure that your rights are protected.
If you are charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, you need an attorney who understands the New York criminal justice system. At Cohen Forman Barone, LLP, we have handled many cases and have helped our clients avoid jail time and fines. We will work hard to help you get the best possible outcome for your case. Turn to a trial-tested law firm with a former prosecutor!
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