Iowa City Drug Paraphernalia Attorneys
Experienced Drug Paraphernalia Defense Lawyers Serving Johnson County, Iowa
Drug paraphernalia charges are not to be taken lightly. In Iowa, you can be charged with a crime for simply possessing an item that can be used to grow, cultivate, consume, or process a controlled substance. The state has a broad definition of drug paraphernalia, which means you could be arrested for possessing household items that may have nothing to do with drugs.
At Keegan, Tindal & Jaeger, our drug paraphernalia defense attorneys are committed to defending your rights. We have successfully handled thousands of cases and have the experience and skill to help you obtain the best possible outcome. We can help you understand your legal options and fight to protect your future.
What Is Considered Drug Paraphernalia in Iowa?
Drug paraphernalia is defined as any item that is used to cultivate, process, package, ingest, or inhale a controlled substance. This can include items that are used for recreational drug use, such as marijuana, as well as items that are used for medical purposes, such as marijuana or methamphetamine.
Examples of drug paraphernalia include:
- Bongs and water pipes
- Roach clips
- Hashish pipes
- Cocaine spoons
- Carburetion tubes and devices
- Chamber pipes
- Electric pipes
- Ice pipes or chillers
- Marijuana cigarette rolling papers
- Marijuana testing kits
- Miniature spoons
- Needles and syringes
- Water pipes
- And more
While many of these items are used to consume drugs, they can also be used for legal purposes. For example, a bong can be used to smoke tobacco, and a needle and syringe can be used for medical treatment. However, if these items contain any drug residue or are used in connection with a controlled substance, you can be charged with drug paraphernalia.
What Are the Penalties for Drug Paraphernalia in Iowa?
Under Iowa law, it is illegal to sell, deliver, or possess drug paraphernalia. The penalties for drug paraphernalia depend on the specific circumstances of the case, including the type of drug paraphernalia, the defendant’s intent, and the defendant’s criminal history.
Possession of drug paraphernalia is generally a simple misdemeanor in Iowa. Penalties for a simple misdemeanor can include:
- Up to 30 days in jail
- Fines of up to $625
However, if you have previously been convicted of a drug paraphernalia or drug-related crime, you can be charged with a serious misdemeanor. Penalties for a serious misdemeanor can include:
- Up to 1 year in jail
- Fines of up to $1,875
If you are found guilty of selling or delivering drug paraphernalia, you can be charged with a serious misdemeanor. Penalties for selling or delivering drug paraphernalia can include:
- Up to 1 year in jail
- Fines of up to $1,875
If you are found guilty of selling or delivering drug paraphernalia to a minor, you can be charged with an aggravated misdemeanor. Penalties for an aggravated misdemeanor can include:
- Up to 2 years in jail
- Fines of up to $6,250
If you are found guilty of selling or delivering drug paraphernalia within 1,000 feet of a school, you can be charged with a class "D" felony. Penalties for a class "D" felony can include:
- Up to 5 years in prison
- Fines of up to $7,500
How to Beat Drug Paraphernalia Charges in Iowa
Being charged with drug paraphernalia can be incredibly stressful. A conviction can result in jail or prison time, hefty fines, and a permanent criminal record. Fortunately, there are several defenses that may be available to you. An experienced drug paraphernalia lawyer can help you determine the best defense strategy for your case.
Common defenses against drug paraphernalia charges include:
- You did not know the drug paraphernalia was in your possession
- You did not know the item was drug paraphernalia
- You did not have control over the drug paraphernalia
- The drug paraphernalia was not yours
- The drug paraphernalia was discovered during an illegal search and seizure
- The drug paraphernalia was discovered during an illegal traffic stop
- The drug paraphernalia was discovered during an illegal arrest
- You were the victim of entrapment
Our Iowa City drug paraphernalia defense attorneys can evaluate the circumstances of your arrest and determine the best defense strategy for your case. We can help you build a strong defense and fight to protect your future.
How Can a Drug Paraphernalia Lawyer Help?
Being charged with drug paraphernalia is not the same as being convicted. An experienced drug paraphernalia attorney can help you navigate the legal process and protect your rights. At Keegan, Tindal & Jaeger, we understand that this is a difficult time for you and your family. Our Iowa City drug paraphernalia attorneys can provide you with the compassionate legal counsel you need and deserve.
We can help you by:
- Conducting a thorough investigation
- Evaluating the evidence against you
- Building a strong defense
- Negotiating with the prosecution
- Representing you in court
- Exploring all possible legal options
Our drug paraphernalia lawyers in Iowa City are dedicated to helping you obtain a favorable outcome. We can help you fight to protect your future and your freedom.
Consult with a Drug Paraphernalia Attorney Today
Do not hesitate to contact our Iowa City drug paraphernalia defense attorneys if you have been arrested or are facing charges. We can review your case, explain your legal options, and help you make informed decisions every step of the way. Our team can help you fight to protect your future.
Reach out to our drug paraphernalia lawyers in Iowa City today at (319) 499-5524 to schedule a consultation.
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Southern District of Iowa 3:18-cr-00062.
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