Possession of Drug Paraphrenalia

What is Possession of Drug Paraphernalia?

Possession of Paraphrenalia for Drugs (PDP) is a criminal offense charged when a person possesses some type of item used for smoking marijuana or another drug. Common items include marijuana bowls, bongs, one hitters, water or gravity bongs, and even (although rare) hollowed out everyday items, such as soda cans or fruit. Some courts even consider rolling papers paraphernalia.

What can I expect with a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia ticket?

Although fines are the legally proscribed penalty for PDP, it's still important to resist merely paying the fine and closing the case. If the fine is paid on a Paraphernalia ticket, then the person will have a conviction on their record. Even at the Class C level, there are several consequences of having a drug related conviction. First, the offense would show up on any background checks that run County searches, and could present issues when applying for job or housing. Employers or landlords will question the offense, since (in in their mind) why would a person have a pipe used for drugs if they don't use drugs? And most employers don't want to hire people that use drugs (even marijuana).

Second, because it's a drug related conviction, a PDP case could have an effect on Student Loans and the FAFSA application. Lastly, in some cases DPS has been suspending a person's Texas Driver's License because the PDP is drug related, causing a six month driver's license suspension.

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Sec. 481.125. DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.

(a) A person commits an offense if the person knowingly or intentionally uses or possesses with intent to use drug paraphernalia (with) ... a controlled substance in violation of this chapter.


What are the Punishments for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia?

Possession of Drug Paraphrenalia is a Class C Misdemeanor, which is punishable by fines up to $500, although if a person ignores the ticket, fails to appear in court, or does not comply with Court Orders, then it's very possible to suffer jailtime as a result of a PDP ticket.


Penalties for Drug Paraphernalia
Level of Offense Punishment
Class C Misdemeanor Not Jailable, No more than $500 fines



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