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What Should You Know About Drug Paraphernalia Charges?

On Behalf of | Apr 21, 2023 | Drug charges

Many people think of drug-related charges as being those that have to do directly with using, possessing or selling drugs. There’s another type of drug charge that’s possible – drug paraphernalia charges. 

If you’re facing a drug paraphernalia charge in Georgia, it means you have been accused of possessing, manufacturing or distributing items that are used for consuming, producing or concealing illegal drugs. Here’s what you should understand:

Items that are for drug use

Georgia has specific laws that prohibit the use, sale and possession of drug paraphernalia, which are outlined in Georgia Code § 16-13-32.2.

Drug paraphernalia can include various objects, such as:

  • Pipes, bongs or other devices 
  • Rolling papers, roach clips or other tools
  • Scales, balances or other instruments 
  • Containers or bags 

In Georgia, a drug paraphernalia charge is generally a misdemeanor offense. If you’re found guilty, you could face penalties that may include:

  • Fines: You may be required to pay a fine, typically up to $1,000 for a misdemeanor charge.
  • Imprisonment: You could face up to one year in jail for a misdemeanor conviction.
  • Probation: You might be sentenced to probation, which may include drug testing, counseling, or community service.

It’s important to remember that the specific penalties for drug paraphernalia you face can vary depending on the circumstances of your case, your criminal history and other factors. In some cases, paraphernalia charges are combined with other drug-related charges. 

If you’re facing a drug paraphernalia charge in Georgia, it’s crucial that you learn your rights and options for a defense strategy. Working with someone who can assist you to learn those and determine how they may impact your future can be beneficial.