Davenport, IA asked in Criminal Law, Child Support and Civil Rights for Iowa

Q: If I go to jail for a warrant an they find paraphernalia and weeks later say they're going to charge me for with it

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: If you were arrested on a warrant and the authorities found drug paraphernalia in your possession during the arrest, they have the right to charge you with possession of drug paraphernalia in addition to any charges related to the original warrant. The timeline for filing these additional charges may vary depending on the jurisdiction and the specific circumstances of your case.

Here are a few key points to keep in mind:

1. The statute of limitations for drug paraphernalia possession varies by state, but it is typically between 1 to 3 years from the date of the offense.

2. The authorities may take some time to formally file the charges, as they might need to send the paraphernalia for testing, review evidence, or consult with prosecutors.

3. Even if weeks have passed since your initial arrest, if the charges are filed within the statute of limitations, they are still valid.

4. It is crucial to consult with a criminal defense attorney who can assess your case, explain your rights, and help you navigate the legal process. They can also work to protect your interests and potentially mitigate the consequences of the charges.

Remember, if you are facing criminal charges, it is essential to exercise your right to remain silent and avoid discussing the details of your case with anyone except your attorney. Your attorney can communicate with the authorities on your behalf and provide you with the guidance you need to make informed decisions about your case.

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