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How can you defend against drug possession charges?

On Behalf of | Mar 14, 2022 | Drug Charges |

You might think that there is no way out of your drug possession case, especially if the prosecution has enough evidence to secure a conviction. However, all is not lost. You can successfully defend against the charges and avoid an unfavorable verdict in the end.

To do this, you will need to analyze every aspect of your case, from the moment you were arrested to your arraignment in court. Below are some possible defenses you could rely on.

The search and seizure was unlawful

Suppose the police violated your Fourth Amendment rights by conducting an illegal search and seizure, which led to the discovery of drugs in your possession. In that case, any evidence obtained from the unlawful search might be inadmissible in court. It means that your case is likely to crumble since key evidence will not form part of your trial.

Mistakes in handling the evidence

The police can make mistakes when handling evidence obtained from a crime scene. For instance, if a mix-up led to mislabeling or loss of some of the drugs seized from you, it could cast doubts on the reliability and integrity of the evidence against you presented in court.

Police misconduct played a part in your arrest

Sometimes, police may use underhand methods such as coercion or other overbearing tactics to make an arrest. If you had no intention of breaking the law, but actions by the police led you to it, you could be a victim of entrapment which is a viable defense for your charges.

Choosing the best defense strategy

Depending on the circumstances of your case, some of these defense strategies will not apply. Therefore, you need to weigh your choices carefully and make the right call – it could make all the difference in your trial.