Top criminal defense attorney Jerry Summers, founding partner of Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers in Chattanooga, TN, discusses how to get drug paraphernalia charges dropped or reduced. For more information please visit https://www.summersfirm.com
— In a recent interview, top criminal defense attorney Jerry Summers, founding partner of Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers in Chattanooga, TN , revealed how to get drug paraphernalia charges dropped or reduced.
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When asked to comment, Summers said, “Drug paraphernalia charges are classified as misdemeanors and are a matter of public record, which could negatively affect employment opportunities. Here are some ways to get drug paraphernalia charges wiped clean from your record or reduced."
Anyone could face drug paraphernalia charges for possessing everyday materials such as pipes, plastic bags, syringes, scales, mirrors, and tinfoil, among others.
One of the most common ways to get drug paraphernalia charges dismissed and wiped from a record is to prove that probable cause didn’t exist for the search.
When asked to elaborate, Summers commented, “If a police officer pulled you over without probable cause or reasonable suspicion to stop or search your person, the drug charge, in all probability, will be dismissed.”
Summers added that these searches include a stop-and-search in public and traffic stops.
Another way to maintain a record free of drug paraphernalia charges or to get them reduced, is through proving entrapment.
“If you’ve been subject to a sting operation in which an undercover police officer tried selling you drugs, then you and your defense attorney may have an entrapment defense for an additional paraphernalia charge, particularly if the paraphernalia was a household item,” Summers said.
"Entrapment cases can be quite complex and require that a seasoned defense attorney argue that law enforcement used unfair coercion tactics and that the defendant would not have otherwise engaged in purchasing the drugs in the first place," he added.
Hiring a knowledgeable defense attorney can help poke holes in the prosecution's case, which can go a long way in helping to get the charges dropped.
When asked for an example, Summers said, "It's possible that a drug paraphernalia charge could be brought against you, but if the police were not able to produce the drugs in court, there may not be enough evidence to support the paraphernalia charge for an everyday item."
“Having a defense attorney who is well acquainted with the criminal system could help bring these issues to light and break down the other side’s case, thereby giving you a better chance of avoiding a drug paraphernalia charge on your record,” he said.
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