Many people in Pennsylvania and across the country have drug addiction problems. Some people may be able to lead relatively normal lives while living with this issue, and others may feel as if their lives are spiraling out of control. No matter what a person’s life looks like on the outside, illegal drug use and possession can cause major problems for the future.
If you have a drug problem, you may have thought on more than one occasion that you wanted to kick the habit and get your life back under control. Of course, thinking about doing this and actually following through are two different things. Unfortunately for you, you may not have been able to get sober before you gained the attention of law enforcement.
Drug possession charges
Authorities take drug possession charges very seriously in the state. If an officer believes that you unlawfully possessed a substance, you could quickly end up needing a defense to possession charges. Some possible defense options include the following:
- The officers committed an unlawful search and seizure.
- You had a prescription from a medical doctor.
- You did not know that the drugs were in your possession.
- You did not have the intent to possess the substance.
- The officers committed entrapment.
- Officers found an insufficient amount of the substance to warrant charges.
- The substance did not belong to you.
Of course, the exact defense options you have will depend on the circumstances of your arrest and other details of your situation. As a result, it may benefit you to review all aspects of your case to determine what courses of action may help you handle the charges brought against you in a meaningful way.
If convicted of drug possession charges, you could face serious penalties. Those penalties could include jail time and fines and can vary in length and amount depending on the type of substance and how much officers allegedly found.
If you hope to avoid negative consequences, you may want to put your best foot forward when it comes to defending against the allegations. It may work to your benefit to enlist the help of an attorney who can help you understand the charges, go over your criminal defense options and explain how state laws may affect the course of your case.