If you are someone who has never done a drug and has never really been around drugs, you may never suspect that your grandmother's miniature spoon collection that was passed lovingly down to you could actually lead to drug charges. But, if you have never been around drugs and have never done them, it is less likely you have ever faced drug charges, and you are less likely to be in a situation where the possession of those spoons could appear as anything other than a wholesome, albeit inconsequential, collection for sale.
However, if you have been involved with drugs and with law enforcement in the past, then you may know that that past can come up again and again in unfortunate ways. If you are busted for anything, and law enforcement is aware of your past transgressions, they may look a little harder at you for any current criminal activity.
Whether you have drugs on you or not, the possession or sale of drug paraphernalia is still illegal. Drug paraphernalia encompasses a broad scope of items and as defined by the Department of Justice's National Drug Intelligence Center, is anything that can be used to consume, conceal or produce illicit drugs.
Some typically seen items that can be considered paraphernalia are:
- Miniature spoons.
- Roach clips.
- Cigarette papers.
If you are facing charges you believe are unjust and may stem from being in the wrong place at the wrong time or having a criminal history that follows you, you may benefit from enlisting the help of a criminal defense attorney who is well-versed in drug charges and prosecutor tactics in the New York court system.