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Never take your defense against drug charges lightly

These days, facing drug charges can result in serious consequences and significant jail time, even for relatively small violations. While cultural attitudes around recreational drug use continue to shift, the laws that govern the land are still much more strict than the court of public opinion. This often leads to surprisingly harsh punishment.

Due to the risk of severe legal punishment, it is never wise to forego a strong legal defense any time you face drug charges. If you think that the charges are not that serious, you may want to re-examine just how many areas of personal liberty, future opportunity and financial burden a drug conviction can impact.

Failing to prepare a strong defense against drug charges is usually like offering the prosecution an easy win, and they are unlikely to take it easy on you if they don't have any motivation to do so. In fact, many prosecutors aim for harsher penalties than drug charges truly justify, especially if they want to project an image of being tough on crime for professional reasons.

Don't overlook the importance of a strong drug possession defense, even if you believe the evidence against you is sizable. With some time to build a defense and a clear understanding of the law, you can keep your rights secure while you fight for your future freedoms.

Contesting ownership of drugs

Depending on the circumstances surrounding your arrest, you may have opportunities to contest that the drugs you supposedly possessed at the time were yours. Likewise, police may find drugs within your property, such as in your car or in your home, but if they violate your rights in the process, you may have grounds to ask a court to throw out the charges. While police and other law enforcement may make it seem like the case against you is airtight, it is always worth careful examination.

For instance, if police find drugs in your home, this does not mean that the drugs belong to you. If some other person was recently in your home, they may easily have left the contraband behind. This is particularly likely if you recently hosted a party or other gathering in your home.

Similarly, police may violate your rights if they improperly search your property without your permission and without probable cause. This is common in traffic stops, where police may attempt to search your vehicle, even though they do not have a reason to do so and do not have your permission.

Contesting the evidence

In some cases, you might receive drug possession charges over misidentified substances. While some drugs like marijuana are fairly easy to identify, others are similar to legal substances. An overzealous police officer may believe that you possessed cocaine or some other powder or pill-form drug, when the substance is something else entirely.

Even if your charges are not a case of misidentification, you should always consider requesting to have the evidence tested in a laboratory to determine its composition. If the results do not match the charges, a court may decide to toss out the charges altogether. It is also possible for the police or prosecutors to misplace the evidence, in which case it is difficult to secure a conviction.

No matter what form your drug charges take, you can always build a defense, and building any defense is better than no defense at all. Be sure to use all the legal resources that you have available to keep your rights protected in the face of drug charges, no matter how big or small.

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