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There is more than one type of drug possession defense strategy

Being charged with possession of drugs is every bit as serious as it sounds. For this reason, you don't want to waste any time learning more about the charges, your legal rights, and the many types of defense strategy you can employ.

In the event that you plead not guilty, you'll want to have a solid idea of which defense strategy can help you avoid a conviction.

While no two people are in the same position, here are some of the more common defenses to a charge of drug possession.

  • Unlawful search and seizure: Illegal drugs that are in plain view, such as during a traffic stop, can be seized by the arresting officer and admitted to the court as evidence. Conversely, drugs uncovered elsewhere in the car, such as in a glove box that the officer breaks open, may not be admitted as evidence. It's important to understand your Fourth Amendment rights and how this pertains to an arrest.
  • The drugs belong to another person: This is a common defense strategy, as it's as simple as proving that you didn't commit the crime. For instance, if an officer finds drugs in your home, you can claim that somebody else left them there.
  • Entrapment: Law enforcement officers have the right to setup operations that allow them to catch people committing a criminal act. However, they don't have the right to induce individuals into committing a crime that they would not have committed on their own. An example of this would be an undercover officer pressuring a person into selling drugs to another party.

Nobody wants to deal with the aftermath of a drug possession arrest, but many find themselves in this position every year.

Although this is sure to cause a lot of stress in your life, it's important to realize that you may be able to use one of many defense strategies to help you avoid the most serious punishment.

Since a conviction can turn your life upside down, you don't want to go through the court process alone. In addition to understanding your rights, it's imperative to consult with a criminal defense attorney. This person can review your case, protect your rights, and implement the best possible defense strategy on your behalf.

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