Marijuana is consumed in many different ways, most involving ingesting or inhaling smoke. The most common ways to smoke marijuana is with a wire-screened bowls, a small pipe, pipes or bongs with water chambers, or paper-wrapped joints resembling cigarettes. Many people are arrested or cited for having pipes, grinders, or bongs, and yet they don't have marijuana. In these situations, the person would still want to talk with and hire a lawyer. A lawyer can advise on the case, and try to minimize the effects of a drug related case -- potentially even having the case dismissed.
Sec. 481.125. OFFENSE: POSSESSION OR DELIVERY OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. (a) A person commits an offense if the person knowingly or intentionally uses or possesses with intent to use drug paraphernalia to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, or conceal a controlled substance in violation of this chapter or to inject, ingest, inhale, or otherwise introduce into the human body a controlled substance in violation of this chapter.
Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia under the above statute (subsection (a)), is a Class C Misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not more than $500. The punishments and severity of the charges increase if the pipe or bong is being sold or given to someone else, most notably, a minor.
The most common marijuana and drug Paraphernalia arrests, especially those involving large bongs or pipes too large for concealment, involves smoking in or around high traffic (foot traffic) areas in apartment complexes and areas frequented by a large number of people, such as in an apartment complex or in a university dormitory or housing
Lawyers handle PDP cases quite frequently, especially with so many colleges in the Ausitn Area. PDP is still a drug related offense, and can cause issues with UNiversities, local scholarships, and discipline hearings -- not to mention the devastating effect a conviction can have on a person's record. A lawyer can try to minimize the effects by trying to have the case dismissed. While there are no guarantees, a lawyer can inspect the reports and discovery from the arrest or citation. A lawyer can seek out illegal searches, and a lawyer can negotiate the case -- even to the point of a dismissal.
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