Will I still go to jail because the police found a pipe in my car but don’t have any names or information to give them?

I got pulled over for crossing the line while trying to answer my phone. They searched my car and found a pipe, however they did not take me to jail. The officer asked if I would contact him later in the week and wanted me to give them people’s names. I didn’t because I don’t know any, so he told me to call later in the week to speak with him. He acted as if he was concerned about me but I’m scared that when I call him and tell him I don’t know anybody, I’ll go to jail?

Asked on April 14, 2017 under Criminal Law, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You could face charges for drug paraphenalia if the authorities believe that the circumstances and evidence show that this pipe must have belonged to you (e.g. your fingerprints on it; no one else steps forward to claim it and you don't have any credible explanation for it; etc.). If you are convicted, yes, you could do jail time. While no one can predict for certain what the authorities will or will not do, it is certainly possible that if you do not provide any useful information, that the authorities will decide to charge you.


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