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Can I be Responsible for Drugs That are Not Mine?

On Behalf of | Jul 26, 2021 | Criminal Law, Drug Offenses

Under constructive possession, an individual can be responsible for drugs that were not in their possession if they still had knowledge of and access to them. The specific charges depends on the drug that the person possessed. If an individual is aware of a location of a controlled substance, than that might be enough for them to be charged because it is essentially admitting control over a substance.

If an individual is just a passenger in the car with drugs in the vehicle, then this is where the charges fall into the hands of the wrong person at the wrong time. Since there is a person in the vehicle when the police search it, the officer has someone to charge for the drug possession, despite the fact that the drugs are not physically on that person.

It is important to know that merely having control over drugs can lead to severe legal ramifications. The possibility of facing drug charges can be very stressful and intimidating. However, a lawyer can work closely with their client and protect their rights.

What Comes With a Possession Charge?

If someone is charged with possession, it is considered criminal possession. This is stating that the individual is admitting to intentional control of the substance in question. This will indicate to other parties that the individual has a general understanding of the controlled substance. This can cause issues later on because it is almost admitting that the individual is in a clear state of mind, which means that they are aware of the severity of the contents.

When it comes to possession, physical or manual control over the illegal object is not required. When someone finds themselves charged with possession, they are being deemed as the owner, which will lead to legal consequences. For help with any drug charge, it is important to speak to a lawyer who is knowledgeable about criminal law.

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The South Jersey criminal defense lawyers at Agre & St. John help those in need of legal assistance because of a drug charge. Call 856-428-7797 or complete an online form to schedule an initial consultation today. We are located in Haddonfield, New Jersey, and we serve clients throughout South Jersey, including Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and Salem County.