Drug-related crimes are taken seriously in the United States, which is part of the reason why it’s so imperative to have a defense if you’re accused of possessing drugs. A single act of possession can quickly add up to accusations of intending to distribute or give away drugs to minors or others, resulting in higher potential penalties.
If you are charged with possession, your attorney should be informed right away. They’ll be able to start working on the case and determine if there are particular defenses that would be most beneficial to you. Some will focus on procedural errors, while others will use affirmative defenses to get you the best outcome. What works for you will only be able to be determined after looking at the facts of your case.
There are some common defenses that you may be able to use. Some of them include:
- The fact that the drugs belonged to someone else
- That the search or seizure of your property was illegal or unlawful
- That the drugs were planted
- That the drugs have gone missing after seizure
- Exceptions for medical or approved possession of certain drugs
It is most important to remember that you should never try to handle your case on your own. Trying to explain away the accusations could accidentally result in further charges or penalties. It’s wiser to allow your attorney to step in and look into your case, so they can advise you on the steps to take next.
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