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Drug Paraphernalia - Salt Lake Criminal Defense Lawyer

Conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia in Salt Lake can result in fines, losing your driver license, and even jail time. Stephen Howard is an experienced Salt Lake criminal defense attorney who represents clients facing drug paraphernalia and other drug-related charges throughout the state. He has the experience necessary to help you successfully navigate the Utah criminal justice system. Contact us today to arrange for an initial consultation.

Penalties for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - Salt Lake Attorney UtahDrug paraphernalia charges in Salt Lake begin at the class B misdemeanor level (punishable by up to six months in jail). But an enhancement can increase the level of the offense to a class Amisdemeanor (punishable by up to a year in jail) if the offense occurs in one of the area's may "drug free" zones. In addition to possible jail time, the maximum fine for a class B paraphernalia conviction is $1,900 (including surcharge). A class A paraphernalia conviction carries a potential fine of  $4,750 (including surcharge).

What Constitutes Drug "Paraphernalia" in Utah?

Utah law defines "drug paraphernalia" in very broad terms. Whether an item will be considered drug parapneralia ultimately depends on the item's intended use.

While items such as pipes or syringes may be commonly recognized types of drug paraphernalia, other innocent items (such as pens, spoons, aluminum foil, baggies, balloons, or even paper) can become paraphernalia if a police officer is convinced that an item's intended use involves drug use, packaging, manufacturing, growing, etc.

Choosing the Right Criminal Attorney for Your Case

With offices centrally located in downtown Salt Lake City, criminal defense lawyer Stephen Howard has extensive experience dealing with drug cases in Salt Lake and surrounding areas. He is one of only a few criminal defense lawyers in private practice with experience working inside Utah's felony drug court system.  He has successfully protected his clients' rights in thousands of serious felony and misdemeanor cases.

Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.


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Attorney Stephen Howard practices as part of the Canyons Law Group, LLC and Stephen W. Howard, PC.

Offices in Salt Lake and Davis Counties
560 South 300 East, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
952 S. Main St., Suite A, Layton, UT 84041

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In Salt Lake City, call 801-449-1409.
In Davis County, call 801-923-4345.

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