Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Charges

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In Illinois, there are laws that govern how acts of possession and sale of drug paraphernalia are handled. Under the Illinois Drug Paraphernalia Act, possession and sale are criminal offenses and are subject to serious penalties.

At Miller Law Offices, P.C., my Peoria criminal defense team is focused on effectively handling a wide range of drug crime cases, including those involving the unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. As a former prosecutor, I strive to help my clients understand the type of charges and consequences they are facing, as drug paraphernalia charges may be applied on top of other types of drug or criminal charges.

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Types of Illegal Drug Paraphernalia

Under law, drug paraphernalia is considered any equipment, product or material of any kind that is principally intended or designed for use in manufacturing, ingesting, inhaling, injecting, preparing, processing, producing, concealing, converting or otherwise introducing the drug (controlled substance) into the human body.

Drug paraphernalia to consume or to make controlled substances, such as marijuana (cannabis) and heroin, can include:

  • Crack pipes
  • Other pipes
  • Bongs
  • Vaporizers
  • One-hitters
  • Roaches
  • Needles
  • Hypodermic needles
  • Syringes
  • Scales
  • Spoons
  • Balloons and baggies
  • Whip-its

Even though the Illinois statute on drug paraphernalia is extensive, it does not include every object or item that may or may not be used in the use, cultivation, manufacture or distribution of a drug. This means that nearly anything can be considered paraphernalia if it can be proven that it was used or intended for use related to an illegal narcotic.

Drug Paraphernalia Charges: Class A Misdemeanor

While probation may be an option, anyone convicted of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia may be facing up to one year in jail and a fine of $2,500. Possession of a marijuana pipe and a heroin syringe are treated the same, both Class A misdemeanors.

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If you are facing drug paraphernalia charges in the Peoria area, don’t wait to call me, Attorney Matthew Miller. I am experienced in handling Illinois drug cases and my team is ready to fight for you. Contact my offices to schedule a free initial consultation!