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Los Angeles Drug Paraphernalia Charges Defense Attorney

Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia

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In California, it is a crime to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. Drug paraphernalia refers to materials, equipment, products, or chemicals used to create, package, or consume an illegal controlled substance, drug, or narcotic. Examples of drug paraphernalia include:

  • Rolling paper
  • Pipes or bongs
  • Syringes
  • Needles
  • Straws (used for sniffing cocaine or other drugs)
  • Scales, baggies, vials, other packaging supplies
  • Containers disguised as something else to hide drugs
  • Laboratory equipment for manufacturing drugs

If you’re facing charges for possession of drug paraphernalia in Los Angeles, it’s important to consult an attorney who has a solid understanding of our state’s drug crimes law. Although possession of drug paraphernalia may seem like a simple change, the truth is these types of cases can be complex. It’s not illegal to buy or possess plastic bags, scales, rolling paper, or even a bong or pipe.

It is illegal, however, to use those materials to create, consume, or package an illegal drug. This means the prosecution has the burden of proving that you not only had the materials in your possession but also that you intended to use the materials for the purpose of committing an illegal drug crime.

Why You Should Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney

Being charged with a crime is a serious problem that you should not endure alone. You have every right to hire a criminal defense attorney and should do so as soon as possible. Representing yourself when your freedom is on the line is not a risk you should take. You don’t understand the law, any recent changes, or the possible defenses you can use to hopefully beat the charges levied against you. Below, you will find the most important reasons why you should hire a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney for your case:

  • A criminal defense attorney has built relationships over the years with local prosecutors
  • A criminal defense attorney knows the justice system and has a full understanding of it
  • A criminal defense attorney has experience defending other clients with the same criminal charges you face
  • A criminal defense attorney knows how to review the conduct of the police officer who arrested you
  • A criminal defense attorney can review your case and provide you with an honest evaluation of possible outcomes
  • A criminal defense attorney can protect your future interests
  • A criminal defense attorney can help save you money

How to Choose a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney

When the time comes to find a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, you shouldn’t just hire the first one you meet. You need to make an informed, calculated decision about the attorney who will represent you in a criminal defense case. Be sure to conduct your research and do your due diligence. The following can help you find the right criminal defense attorney for your case:

  • Seek referrals from trusted friends and family members
  • Create a shortlist of attorneys you wish to meet
  • Schedule in-person interviews with each of the attorneys on the list
  • Bring someone with you to each appointment who can take notes while you speak with the attorney
  • Ask plenty of questions at each interview
  • Find out what each attorney’s communication policy is for interacting with clients
  • Ask about attorney fees and other legal rates so that you aren’t surprised when the bill arrives
  • Narrow your list to the top three attorneys who meet your needs and make you feel confident in your case
  • Hold a second interview with your top choices, if necessary
  • Make a final decision based on the answers provided by each attorney and your comfort level with them

Hiring a criminal defense attorney from Okabe & Haushalter can make being charged with a crime a little less stressful for you and your family. The sooner you contact our firm, the sooner we can begin building a defense against the drug paraphernalia charges you are facing. Below, you will find the most common defenses our team uses in these cases. Give our office a call at your convenience to schedule an initial consultation with a member of our team. Your rights and freedom are at stake. Let us protect you in your time of need in Los Angeles.

Defense Against Drug Paraphernalia Charges In Los Angeles

At Okabe & Haushalter, we have successfully defended many clients against drug paraphernalia charges throughout Los Angeles. We know of many effective defense strategies for fighting these types of charges, some of which include:

  • Determining whether or not the police violated your constitutional rights during the investigation
  • Determining whether or not the police violated federal search and seizure laws during the investigation
  • Determining whether or not the police had just cause to search you or your property
  • Determining whether or not the particular item or paraphernalia was, in fact, illegal
  • Determining whether or not the police officer had enough experience to determine whether or not the item was, in fact, drug paraphernalia

If you need help fighting your drug paraphernalia charges, you’ve come to the right law firm. For experienced and aggressive defense against your charges, please contact a Los Angeles drug defense lawyer at our law offices.