To some people, being caught with drug paraphernalia might not seem to be a big deal. Indeed, they might think that they will get a simple slap on the wrist before being let go. But in reality, possession of paraphernalia is actually a big deal.
For starters, let’s define drug paraphernalia. The word paraphernalia refers to any necessary equipment used for a particular activity. By extension, drug paraphernalia can be defined as any equipment, material, or product that is used for preparing, using, or concealing drugs. So, items like vials, scales, are examples of drug paraphernalia.
Article 220 of the New York Penal Code not only addresses the criminal offense of possessing controlled substances like marijuana, narcotics, hallucinogens, and stimulants; it also addresses possession of equipment used to prepare them—and that is considered a criminal offense serious enough to land anyone in jail. Getting arrested for possessing dirty paraphernalia—which is material with some amount of residue from a controlled substance—can result in a year in jail plus a $1,000 fine. And an arrest from selling paraphernalia usually comes with a two-year jail sentence and a $5,000 fine. Conviction for drug paraphernalia has far-reaching consequences, beyond a fine and jail time; with a criminal record, it can be extremely hard for you to get a job, especially if you are planning to pursue a career in teaching or law enforcement.
Luckily, there’s Raiser & Kenniff, PC. With offices in Manhattan, Mineola, and Bohemia, the law firm serves the New York metro area and covers over three dozen areas of expertise, which include drug offenses like trafficking, conspiracy, and counterfeit substances—in addition to drug paraphernalia. Founding partners Steven Raiser and Thomas A. Kenniff are well versed in criminal offenses like possession of drug paraphernalia, and they have a combined 30 years of experience.
With an education from the Albany State University School of Criminal Justice and St. John’s University School of Law, Raiser focuses on criminal defense as one of his main practice areas. As New York’s Assistant District Attorney, he successfully prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases, some of which were at a high-profile level; examples include those involving multi-platinum-selling rapper DMX. With a perfect rating of 10 out of 10, Raiser is ranked as “Superb” on the lawyer-ranking Avvo website.
Kenniff got his J.D. from the Hofstra University School of Law, in addition to a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester. A renowned TV legal analyst, Kenniff has appeared on CNN and FOX News, among other media outlets, drawing from his experiences as an Assistant District Attorney in New York. Kenniff also has a perfect Avvo rating, and he has been profiled in major publications like the New York Post, Newsday, and USA Today.
With a dynamic duo of seasoned experts and backed by an equally capable staff of attorneys, the law firm of Raiser & Kenniff is available 24/7 to defend you regarding your drug paraphernalia case. As former Assistant District Attorneys, the firm’s founding partners can handle any criminal case and construct a solid defense on your behalf. And due to multiple appearances on national media outlets, they also have that much-needed legal insight to do so.
At the firm’s website, there’s a form at the right sidebar and another at the Contact Us page. You can fill out either one to get a free consultation. Or you can call the toll-free number provided, or any of the numbers associated with each office—whether you are in Nassau County (Bohemia), Suffolk County (Mineola) or NYC (Manhattan). Also, there’s no worry about affordability; the law firm provides flexible payment plans. At Raiser & Kenniff, the expert staff firmly believes in “Protecting Your Future Today.”