4/20 Conviction for Drug Paraphernalia Reversed on Appeal

The drug crime attorneys at GRL were in the news again recently after a successful appeal ruling.

We persuaded the district court that a Benton County magistrate judge made a mistake in finding a container with marijuana residue constituted drug paraphernalia as that term is defined in Iowa Code section 124.414.

We proved that substantial evidence did not support the interpretation of the paraphernalia statute as it applied to this container.  Had the county instead charged it under the local municipal ordinance, which is much broader than the statute, then things might have turned out differently.

It pays to know the difference between the two laws and how to leverage the error in our client’s favor.

Interesting side note: the conviction was entered on April 20, 2022.

That’s right. 


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