Have you been charged with drug possession? If so, then you’re probably worried about the impact it can have on your future. This is understandable given the stakes involved. After all, a conviction could leave you facing jail time and a haunting criminal record that can make it hard for you to secure and maintain gainful employment.
But even if the evidence seems stacked against you, there might be effective criminal defense strategies that you can utilize to either secure a favorable plea deal or beat the prosecution outright. Let’s take a quick look at some of them.
Drug possession defenses you might be able to use in your case
Not every defense will be available to you, as many of them are fact specific. However, here are some common defenses that are raised in these cases:

The drugs in question were illegally seized after an illegal search, such as when police lack the requisite suspicion or cause to pull you over or they errantly use an exception to the warrant requirement.
The lab tests used to confirm the type of substance recovered are questionable due to errors in evidence collection, storage, and handling.
The police entrapped you into committing the offense in question.
You only possessed the drugs because you were being threatened by someone, putting you or your loved one at risk of harm if you didn’t comply with the request to possess the drugs in question.
You didn’t actually possess the drugs in question.

Which criminal defense strategy is right for you?
Only you can answer that question, but we hope that the strategies mentioned above give you a good starting point for thinking about how to build your defense. If you need additional guidance, then now is the time to figure out the best way to secure answers to any questions that you might have.
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