WHAT ARE DRUG CRIMES?
A drug crime is any crime that involves a controlled substance. However, there are many types of drug crimes.
POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
Possession is one of the most common drug crimes. This occurs when someone owns, controls, manages, or has custody of an illegal substance or drug. At times, more than one person can be in possession of the drugs.
Typically, possession charges involve illegal drugs, such as cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine. But you can face charges for having prescription medications. This occurs when you don’t have the right prescription for the medication.
For you to be found guilty of possession, you must be aware of possession. It’s up to the prosecution to prove that you knew you had the drugs and that you meant to have them in your possession. They do not need to prove that you used or intended to use the drugs.
In some cases, the police find drugs in vehicles. This could happen at a traffic accident or during a traffic citation. If the police find drugs in your car, you could face possession charges. Drugs in a large quantity could result in intent to deliver charges.
The challenge of prosecuting for drugs in vehicles is proving that the driver knew the drugs were present. To successfully convict the driver, the prosecutor needs to show that the driver knew they were there or that the drugs were visible. If a vehicle has multiple passengers, it could be difficult for the prosecutor to prove which passenger was in possession of the controlled substance.
WORKING WITH AN AGGRESSIVE ATTORNEY
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