Officers arrived on the scene of an accident. One driver acted impaired and officers requested she participate in field sobriety exercises. The driver failed testing and agreed to submit to blood testing. A search of the inside of the vehicle yielded the discovery of spoons and heroin. Officers arrested the driver on charges of DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and possession of paraphernalia.
Those in Florida who have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher are considered to be impaired. If you are pulled over for a DUI, you will be asked to take a field sobriety test. If you fail this, you will be asked to submit to a breath test.
If you are charged with a DUI, you will have many penalties that you face. Not only will you have this charge placed on your record, but you will also be expected to pay fines from $500 to $1,000. These fines will double if you have a minor in the vehicle with you at the time of the incident or if your blood alcohol content is .15% or higher.
It is mandatory in Florida to have a ten-day impoundment on your car after being convicted of a DUI. You will also find that you have 50 hours of community service that needs to be completed. Some judges are more lenient on this, and will allow individuals to pay their community service off at a rate of $10 per hour.
In the state of Florida, drug paraphernalia is defined as anything that is used to manufacture, produce, conceal, transport, package, repackage, store, harvest, grown, or consume illicit substances.
Drug paraphernalia can also be purchased at many different shops, such as online stores and tobacco shops. These items are typically very bright in colors with designs that strike the eyes, such as skulls and dragons.
Examples of drug paraphernalia
The following are examples of drug paraphernalia:
- Pipes (metal, wood, acrylic, glass, stone, plastic, or ceramic)
- Water pipes
- Roach clips
- Miniature spoons
- Chillums (cone-shaped marijuana/hash pipes)
- Scales and balances
- Cigarette papers
- Cocaine freebase kits
Musca Law Firm
If you have been convicted of a DUI or possession of drug paraphernalia, know that you do not have to go at it alone. Our criminal lawyers at Musca Law Firm have the experience you need to fight your case. We offer many advantages, such as offices located in various cities in Florida and offering a free initial case consultation to all new clients. We also answer our phones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as we know that life happens outside of normal business hours.
A huge benefit our firm has is the ability to develop the strongest and most strategic criminal defenses around. Additionally, we will not back down to anyone and are ready to be aggressive in court to fight for the best possible outcome for you. Please call us today at (888) 484-5057 to schedule your initial consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.
RESULT: The Musca Law Defense Attorney aggressively challenged the evidence against the Client. The Attorney convinced the State to amend the DUI charges and the Court ruled no formal finding of guilt on the possession of paraphernalia charge. This resulted in NO DUI CONVICTION and NO LICENSE REVOCATION!