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.
(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.
The Keates Law Firm has over 10+ Years Experience handling Possession of Marjuana cases. Our focus is to try and have the case dismissed against you. We don't even discuss pleas until all legal and negotiation options have been explored in detail. This includes Motions to Suppress, Motions to Exclude Evidence based on Invalid Searches or Miranda Right Violations, and Probable Cause determinations.
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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.
|Level of Offense||Punishment|
|Class C Misdemeanor||Not Jailable, No more than $500 fines|
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 PDP 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.
PDP is often used as a lesser offense than POM or Possession of Marijuana, and can be used to reduce down the more serious Marijuana or Drug charge.
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