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How can you possess drugs that are not yours?

On Behalf of | Feb 5, 2023 | Drug Crimes

When you are charged with a drug crime, you may defend yourself by proving the drugs belonged to someone else. The possession of a controlled dangerous substance in your record can have significant effects on your life. For this reason, it will be best to fight it to protect your reputation and record.

If you can argue that there is a reasonable doubt you were aware of the drugs, you can defend yourself. But, how can you end up with drugs that are not yours?  

Here are three possible ways:

Borrowed a friend’s property

If you borrow your friend’s property, such as their car or clothes, and the police legally stop you and find drugs, you may deny knowing about their existence. 

However, the police may find a way to link you to the drugs by strengthening their argument on constructive possession. Thus, it will help to get professional guidance to prove you didn’t know about the drugs.

Someone threatened you

If someone threatens you or your loved ones, forcing you to keep drugs for them and are caught, operating under duress may be your best defense. You may argue that without the coercion, you would not have had the drugs.

You were working

If you are in an occupation that involves transporting items, such as a mail carrier, you may not know what’s in a package. If you are caught in such an instance, you may argue that you didn’t know the drugs were in the package because your position does not entail checking goods.

Drug possession is a serious offense that can result in harsh penalties. If the drugs don’t belong to you, get experts to investigate your case and prove your declarations, protecting your rights.