How is Possession of Drug Paraphernalia defined in Washington?
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia is more accurately referred to as Use of Drug Paraphernalia or Delivery of Drug Paraphernalia. The statewide statute does not prohibit just the possession of some item of paraphernalia, it requires that the person who possess it also use it, deliver it, or possess it with intent to deliver it. The full RCW is published online here.
A charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia carries with it a maximum possible penalty of 90 days in jail and a fine of $1000. As a drug offense, it can also affect your eligibility for state and federal student loans. If the offense involves a needle, it will also trigger a mandatory HIV test upon a conviction.
What can I do if I have been charged?
If you have been charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, you want to contact an attorney with the experience to make sure that your rights are protected and your side of the story gets told. We have had success getting paraphernalia charges dismissed both through thoughtful negotiation as well as challenging the legality and validity of the prosecution's evidence.
Send Chris an email today, or call (425) 405 0016 to schedule your free consultation. He will sit down with you and explain what your options are, how to fight the charges against you, and what you can do to improve your situation right now.