Do Not Face Drug Paraphernalia Charges On Your Own
From hookahs to pipes and grinders, drug paraphernalia can be purchased over the counter at many Chicago stores. In some cases, the pipes may be used to consume legal products such as flavored tobacco. However, if the device contains drug residue, you face potentially serious charges.
At the Law Office of Philip R. Nathe, we have a solid understanding of how to mount an effective defense against drug paraphernalia charges. Naperville defense attorney Philip R. Nathe has more than 30 years of experience in the DuPage County criminal justice system, including prosecuting a range of drug and other crimes as an assistant state’s attorney. Mr. Nathe will work hard to help you obtain the best possible outcome of your case. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
Consequences Of A Drug Paraphernalia Conviction
Though it is often charged as an ordinance violation, possession of drug paraphernalia is a class A misdemeanor — which is one step below a felony. You face a potential of prison time and a lifetime criminal record if you are convicted. You also face a fine of $750, even if you are charged with an ordinance violation rather than a class A misdemeanor. Possession of a pipe with marijuana residue is potentially more serious than possession of a small quantity of marijuana.
Defenses in drug paraphernalia cases often hinge on how police came into contact with you and conducted the search and seizure. Police cannot stop and search you just because they do not like the way you look. They must have reasonable suspicion that you committed a crime before your vehicle can be legally stopped. Once you are stopped, police cannot search your vehicle without probable cause to believe that evidence or drug paraphernalia are located in the vehicle.
As part of an effective defense for drug violations, we will analyze your case for applicability of all programs, including:
Contact Us For A Free Consultation
If you are facing drug paraphernalia charges, do not make the mistake of taking them lightly. Take the steps necessary to ensure that your rights and your future receive the defense they deserve. Turn to the Law Office of Philip R. Nathe. Our decades of experience allows us to provide our clients with an aggressive and effective defense. To schedule a free initial consultation with our lawyer, call 630-364-4621, toll free at 1-888-583-6197 or complete our online form to contact us online.
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