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Are you familiar with these drug possession defenses?

If you are charged with drug possession, it is important to understand why you were arrested as well as your rights as your case moves through the legal system.

Some drug possession defenses are more common than others, but all of these have been successfully employed in the past:

-- Unlawful search and seizure. According to the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, everybody has the right to due process of the law. This includes lawful search and seizure before an arrest.

-- Drugs belong to another person. A common defense, this is as simple as saying that you did not commit the crime because the drugs don't belong to you.

-- Drugs were planted. This is not always simple to prove, but it is a defense that could work in your favor.

-- Entrapment. Law enforcement has the right to setup sting operations, but they are not permitted to induce a suspect into committing a crime.

-- Medical marijuana exception. This may not be a defense that holds any weight in federal court, but it can come in handy if you were arrested in a state in which medical marijuana is legal.

If you are arrested for drug possession, it is good to know that you don't have to give in and admit to something you didn't do. There are many drug possession defenses to consider, all of which have helped people avoid trouble in the past.

When you understand each and every defense strategy, it is much easier to settle on the one that gives you the best chance of avoiding serious trouble.

Source: FindLaw, "Drug Possession Defenses," accessed Nov. 16, 2015

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