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Can I Be Arrested for Drugs That Aren't Mine?

Posted by Jarrod M. Wilfert | Feb 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

As unfair as it may seem, you can legally be arrested in the state of California if you are found with drugs left there by someone else. This kind of situation happens often. For example, if you have a friend that does recreational drugs and he or she leaves them on your dashboard by accident, an officer can see them there later and assume that they are yours.

If you are arrested for drugs belonging to someone else, your protests will also sound contrived. Police officers all over the world have heard the same excuses from actual drug offenders. “They aren't mine” or “I don't know how they got there” are phrases law enforcement hear all the time.

There are also three types of drug charges you could be facing in California. Actual possession means you are immediate physical custody or management of the drug. For example, they might have been found in your pocket. Constructive possession means the drugs were not on your person but were found in a place over which you have control. For example, the drugs were found in your car or home when you were not there. Last, joint possession can happen when you or another person share control of a drug. For example, if you and your spouse are found with a drug in the house, both can be charged with possession.

Your case is most persuasive if you are facing a constructive possession charge. However, you will need the help of an experienced Ventura drug crimes attorney to mount a defense on your behalf. Our lawyers are dedicated to helping people defend their rights and freedom. Let us see what we can do for you.

Contact us at (805) 994-0560 or fill out our online form to schedule your free case consultation with us today.

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Jarrod M. Wilfert

Founding Attorney A Reputation of Excellence Jarrod M. Wilfert has been involved in criminal law for over a decade and as a former Police Officer, Prosecutor and certified Drug Recognition Expert, he brings a unique and aggressive perspective to the practice of criminal defense and civil litig...

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