Possession of Paraphernalia Defense Lawyer Rhode Island

Have You Been Arrested on a Rhode Island Criminal Possession Of Paraphernalia Charge?

Contact the Island law offices as soon as possible.

Definition of Possession Of Paraphernalia:

Rhode Island Code Chapter 21-28.5 defines Possession Of Paraphernalia as the following:

  • When a defendant possesses equipment or materials that produce or aid in using or cultivating controlled substances.

A few examples of Paraphernalia include, but aren’t limited to the following:

  • Kits that can plant, grow, or cultivate a controlled substance, such as marijuana
  • Equipment that tests or analyzes the strength of a controlled substance
  • Measuring equipment such as scales or balances
  • Apparatus used for inhaling or ingesting controlled substances, including chamber pipes, bongs, chillums and others
  • Dilutants used for cutting drugs – including hydrochloride, mannitol, mannite, dextrose and others
  • Packaging supplies, such as envelopes, balloons, capsules or containers that would signify distribution of scaled quantities
  • Mixing or blending equipment like blenders, sifters or mixing bowls that are found on the premises

Aggravating factors could include possession of paraphernalia with the intent to sell, distribute, manufacture, or deliver one or more controlled substance. Each aggravating factor has its own penalties.

How The Prosecution Drums Up The Evidence of Intent to Sell:

The evidence of intent to sell is sometimes circumstantial. In other instances, the prosecution will present testimonies, recorded communications or local ads.


The Rhode Island Law Offices of John R. Grasso will investigate the history, the evidence, and the proceedings to present the best argument for defense.

In addition, the presence of some paraphernalia will support your argument that having a drug possession was solely for personal use. These include bongs, chillums, etc.

What Are the Consequences of Rhode Island Possession Of Paraphernalia Charges?

Possession Of Paraphernalia is punishable in Rhode Island by:

  • Up to $5,000 in fines and/or
  • Up to 2 years in prison

Furthermore, possession and delivery of Paraphernalia to individuals under 18 subjects defendants to higher fines that include:

  • Up to $5,000 in fines and/or
  • Up to 5 years in prison

Contact an Aggressive Possession Of Paraphernalia Defense Attorney in Rhode Island

John R. Grasso is a former police investigator who can piece together evidence – for defense.

If you’re facing charges for possession of paraphernalia, possession with the intent to sell, simple possession, or other drug-related crimes, we can help.

Ask about our free consultations. Contact the Rhode Island Law Offices of John R. Grasso now.

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