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Sarasota Narcotic Equipment and Paraphernalia Attorney

The term "narcotic equipment" and the word "paraphernalia" generally refer to the same thing: equipment or materials used to produce, conceal, or consume a controlled substance. Typical paraphernalia charges usually involve pipes, bongs, and syringes; however, any seemingly benign object (like a spoon, piece of steel wool, or a postal scale) can be charged as narcotic equipment, AKA paraphernalia.

It is important to understand that just because a person has been cited or arrested and charged with possession of narcotic equipment does not necessarily mean that the state can ultimately prove the case. It can sometimes be difficult for a prosecutor to successfully convict a person for a narcotic equipment charge. In order to do so the state must prove that the defendant INTENDED to use the object as narcotic equipment. They also have to prove that the defendant had KNOWLEDGE of the paraphernalia. This is not necessarily as easy as it may sound. Without specific facts and evidence to prove these things, the judge may dismiss the case.

In addition: all 4th amendment jurisprudence on search and seizure apply to paraphernalia cases. This means that if an officer violated the constitution in the course of the investigation and arrest, the evidence related to the paraphernalia charge may be suppressed (thrown out of court). There are many ways that a police officer can violate a person's constitutional rights. Our attorneys would have to sit down with you, read the police report, and hear your side of the story to determine if your rights were violated.

The criminal defense attorneys of Soler and Slack, P.A. have represented hundreds of people charged with possession of narcotic equipment. Please call (941) 444-5128 to schedule a free consultation where we will sit down with you, decide your best course of action, and answer all the questions that you may have.

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