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How does Connecticut punish those caught with drug paraphernalia?

From the distribution of controlled substances to drug possession, there are various drug-related crimes people are convicted of and the consequences can be tough. However, some people aren't aware of the penalties for possessing drug paraphernalia in Stamford, and throughout Connecticut. Depending on the circumstances surrounding a case, the possession of drug paraphernalia could lead to a costly fine and years behind bars.

According to the Connecticut General Assembly, the use, distribution and possession of drug paraphernalia for drug-related reasons is against the law. For those convicted of the possession of drug paraphernalia tied to under a half-ounce of marijuana, they may face up to $136 in fines and have their license suspended. However, if the possession of drug paraphernalia is connected to over a half-ounce of marijuana, they may be fined as much as $500 and could spend three months behind bars. Furthermore, there are certain circumstances which may lead to far more serious consequences. For example, those convicted of possessing drug paraphernalia and more than a half-ounce of marijuana less than 1500 feet from an elementary or secondary school they do not attend could spend a year behind bars. Also, a conviction that is tied to drug paraphernalia possession in a factory situation could lead to two years behind bars for a first offense and as much as ten years behind bars for a repeat offense.

This post was written to help people understand the potential consequences of drug paraphernalia charges and is not intended to serve as a substitute for legal counsel.

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