Attorneys Can Defend You Against Drug Possession Charges
Drug possession is by far the most common type of drug crime, and can range in severity from a misdemeanor to a serious felony, depending on the amount and type of drug in question. The strategies that you and your attorney can use to defend against these types of charges vary based on those factors, as well as whether there are other attached charges (such as intent to distribute).
In general, the most common defense strategies against possession charges include:
- Illegal search and seizure. A good policy is to never let anyone search your house without a warrant. Evidence cannot be admitted in court if it was obtained without a valid warrant or without the permission of the property owner. If you have already consented to a search, there are still other defenses available to you.
- Drugs belonging to someone else. While this doesn’t always work as a defense, if you can prove that the drugs do not actually belong to you then you may be able to avoid being convicted on possession charges.
- Not actually a controlled substance. Although some substances may closely resemble illegal drugs, it does not necessarily mean that they are actually controlled substances. You could request that the substance in question be submitted for lab testing to prove your innocence.
- Lack of evidence. If police simply don’t have enough evidence or somehow lost evidence while transferring it during hearings, it could weaken the case that the prosecution has built against you.
- Coercion or duress. If you were forced to hold drugs for someone else under threat of harm to you or loved ones, this could be an effective defense against your charges.
Call 813.379.2007 or contact us online to speak to an experienced and skilled Tampa drug crime defense attorney with the Matassini Law Firm, P.A. for more information on your legal options after an arrest.