Criminal Defense Attorney Defending Drug Paraphernalia Charges

Serving the Citizens of Warren, Providence and all of Rhode Island

Most people are aware they can be charged with a crime if they are in possession of an illegal controlled substance, but few are aware they can be charged with a crime even if they simply possess drug paraphernalia. If you have recently been charged with drug paraphernalia possession in Rhode Island, we recommend contacting an experienced criminal defense lawyer today. A skilled attorney at Abilheira Law, LLC can help protect your rights and reputation when faced with drug charges.

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Defining Drug Paraphernalia

Rhode Island defines drug paraphernalia as

“all equipment, products, and materials of any kind which are intended for use or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packing, repackaging, storing, concealing, ingesting, inhaling or introducing into the human body a controlled substance.”

Some examples of drug paraphernalia include the following:

  • Ice pipes
  • Water pipes
  • Bongs
  • Chillums
  • Miniature cocaine spoons
  • Testing equipment used for identifying the strength of controlled substance.
  • Blenders, bowls, and spoons intended for compounding controlled substances.
  • Kits used for planting, cultivating or harvesting species of plants that are controlled substance.
  • Kits intended for manufacturing, compounding, converting or preparing controlled substances.

Intent vs. Design

Many of the items listed as drug paraphernalia also have other non-drug related uses. Likewise, items that are not specifically designed for drug use can be used as drug paraphernalia. When a prosecutor is trying to convict someone for a drug paraphernalia charge, they must prove that the individual had intended to use the object as drug paraphernalia. Proving intent will largely depend on the circumstances under which the item(s) were found. For example, prosecutors will typically look for items found with drug residue in or around it.

Sale of Drug Paraphernalia

There are additional laws and penalties for those that possess drug paraphernalia with the intent to sell or distribute in Rhode Island, especially if they are caught selling to minors.

Penalties for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

In Rhode Island, possession of drug paraphernalia is punishable by:

  • Up to $5,000 fine and/or
  • Up to 2 years in jail

Possession with intent to sell or deliver to minors is punishable by:

  • Up to $5,000 fine and/or
  • Up to 5 years in jail

We Can Help You

If you have been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, our Rhode Island drug attorneys can help you begin building your defense today. We suggest you contact a skilled criminal defense attorney right away to begin working on your case. The sooner we are able to begin building your defense, the better chances you have for a more favorable outcome.

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