Most of our readers in Florida know that there are many different drug charges that people could face when it comes to the possession, manufacture and distribution of illegal drugs. Despite the leniency that some other states are beginning to show when it comes to these issues, particularly with marijuana, Florida maintains a strict stance on illegal drugs. But, there are other items related to illegal drugs that a person could possess that might lead to criminal charges as well, such as drug "paraphernalia."
So, what is drug paraphernalia? Well, in essence, it is any type of item that a person might possess for the use or distribution of illegal drugs, but it may depend on the context of the possession in question. For example, people who use marijuana might typically smoke it by using rolling papers or pipes. When those items are found in a person's possession when that same person is also found to be in possession of marijuana, that individual could face a drug paraphernalia charge as well.
Other items can lead to drug paraphernalia charges too, such as syringes or burnt spoons. Or, an individual who is engaged in illegal drug dealing may be in possession of such items as scales, plastic baggies or balloons. Again, it all depends on the context of the possession of these items.
Illegal drugs are still a serious problem in communities throughout Florida and the country as a whole. However, everyone needs to remember that a person who is charged with a criminal offense has certain rights that must be upheld.