Most people who have been accused of drug possession will have a better idea of what happened -- or what went wrong -- leading up to their arrest and charges. In many cases, people accused of drug possession are innocent of the crimes.
Perhaps you were in the wrong place at the wrong time; the police made a mistake; the drugs didn't belong to you or some other reason led to your inappropriate arrest and criminal charges. Whatever your circumstances happen to be, it's time to get serious about your defense.
3 examples of drug possession defenses
Here are three ways that defendants might try to defend against a drug possession charge:
The drugs weren't yours: It's not uncommon to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Perhaps police pulled over your friend's vehicle while you were riding in the car as a passenger. When police carried out a search of the vehicle, they found pot brownies under the seat where you were sitting.
The thing is, those contraband items did not belong to you. You may need to bring forward a defense that clearly shows why the drugs didn't belong to you. Calling in witnesses to speak on your behalf could also help with a defense like this.
Unlawful search and seizure: Let's imagine the above scenario happens. Police pull you over and find pot brownies in your vehicle. However, the police didn't have any reason to pull you over as you were driving in a lawful and appropriate fashion.
Or, imagine that the police didn't have a good reason to perform a search of your car. In other words, authorities had no reason to suspect that you had contraband items in your car. If you can show that police did not have a reasonable purpose to pull you over, or that police did not have a reasonable suspicion to search your car (or they didn't have a warrant to search your person and property), then you might be able to get your charges thrown out.
The substances in question were not drugs: It's not uncommon for police to suspect that a substance is drugs when, in fact, it is not. This can lead to an inappropriate arrest and charges. Defendants can resolve these cases after crime lab analysis reveals that the drugs in question were not illegal substances.
What were the circumstances of your drug arrest?
Ultimately, there are many ways to defend against inappropriate drug charges and it all depends on the facts and evidence that surround your drug arrest. By learning more about how your circumstances look in the context of Texas drug laws, you can determine the best way to defend against your charges.