Can I Be Arrested for Having Marijuana Paraphernalia in Fort Worth?
Compared to some other states around the country, Texas is known for having relatively harsh laws regulating the use of marijuana. However, some people may not be aware that possession of the tools or items that are frequently used to smoke marijuana is also a crime.
Possession of drug paraphernalia is a separate charge that can also permanently stain your criminal record. If you’re facing these charges, a Fort Worth drug crime lawyer can help. Read on if you’re wondering about the consequences of being arrested with marijuana paraphernalia.
What Are The Penalties & Fines for Marijuana Paraphernalia Posession in Fort Worth?
In short—yes, you can be arrested for having marijuana paraphernalia on your person. But what is paraphernalia? According to Texas law, paraphernalia may include items with legitimate legal purposes that are used to consume illegal drugs. In the case of marijuana, some common forms of paraphernalia include:
- Water pipes, or bongs
- One-hitters (i.e., tiny glass pipes, often resembling cigarettes, that are used to smoke small amounts)
Although many of these items may be purchased at legal stores, the act of using them to consume an illicit substance is what makes them paraphernalia. Specifically, police can point to the presence of resin, leaves, or other residual material on the paraphernalia to show that they have been used for this purpose.
Defendants in Texas can face either a fine of $500 in the case of simple possession, or possible incarceration of up to a year if convicted of the greater misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, or intent to sell such paraphernalia.
Contact a Lawyer if You’re Facing Marijuana Charges
Arrested on marijuana paraphernalia charges in Texas? A lawyer from The Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy can help you work to clear your name.
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