Everybody makes mistakes, and most people regret them. If you have been charged with drug possession in Florida, you may be facing some scary consequences. At the Caldarone Law Group, we know it can be a frightening experience; we have helped guide many people through the court system, working for the best resolution of their case.
According to FindLaw, there are several options in defense of drug possessions charges, depending on the specifics of your case. Here are some common defenses:
- Not yours: You can deny the drugs are yours and that you were unaware of them if found in your home. It is more difficult to use this defense if drugs are found on you, such as in your coat or pants pocket.
- Entrapment: This occurs when law enforcement or informants coax you into committing a crime that you may not have committed otherwise.
- Lab analysis: In order to charge you with possession, officials must first test the substance to determine if it is an illegal drug and if so, what it is. The analyst must also testify at trial about the findings.
- Missing evidence: The drug must be presented at trial, and a savvy attorney will ensure that it is. Drugs may be transferred many times before they make it to court. If they are lost and can’t be shown at trial, the judge may dismiss the case.
Another defense is that police planted the drugs, but this can be hard to prove as the officer’s testimony is typically highly regarded in court. If the judge allows, your attorney may be able to access the officer’s complaint file, which may have relevant information.
Whether you have been falsely accused or caught red-handed with illegal drugs, you need the best representation possible. For more information about drug crimes, visit our website page.