Drug possession charges: How did yours happen?

If you willfully have illegally controlled substances on your person -- or on your property -- it could be a violation of state and federal law. The term "willfully" in this context, basically means that you had the drugs in your possession knowingly and on purpose.

Common drugs that are illegal to possess include methamphetamine, marijuana, LSD, heroin and cocaine. Other drugs that are illegal include pharmaceutical drugs that you have without a prescription and designer drugs or "club drugs."

How drug possession allegations often arise

Imagine you were driving your car through Ponca City one Saturday evening. Your friends are riding with you, and you didn't pay attention to how fast you were going or the speed limit. The next thing you know, police lights are shining in your rearview mirror and you're pulling off to the side of the road.

You didn't know it, but your friends were carrying heroin in their pockets. Before the police officer came up to your window, your friends stuffed all their heroin in the cushions of your car seats. As chance would have it, the officer decides to search your vehicle for drugs. Low-and-behold, the officer finds the heroin and -- since none of it is on your friend's bodies -- they get off while you're hit with a very serious drug charge that could land you in jail if you're convicted.

Here's what the prosecution needs to prove

The prosecution needs to prove that -- beyond a reasonable doubt -- you were aware that the substance at issue was illicit and controlled. The prosecution also needs to prove that you were knowingly in possession of the drug, or you knowingly had control over it.

In some cases, it's enough that the prosecution proves you had access to the substance -- for example if it was in your apartment -- even if you didn't have it on your body when the arrest and charges occurred.

Defending yourself against drug possession charges

If the police have accused you of drug possession crimes, but you were guilty by association -- because your friends stuffed drugs in your car seats without you realizing it -- you might be able to defend yourself against the crimes.

Regardless of your actual guilt, if the prosecution builds a strong and compelling case against you, it's vital to take your criminal defense serious. The consequences of a drug possession conviction are stiff and they could involve jail time, so it's important to craft a suitable criminal defense strategy that is capable of challenging your charges.

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