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What Are Some Defenses To Drug Crimes?
The defenses that most commonly used successfully against charges of drug crimes include:
- unwitting possession
- illegal search and seizure
- police abuse of power
What Is Unwitting Possession?
Unwitting possession means that a person possessed drugs without knowing it. The classic example is a mail carrier who delivers a package containing drugs but is not guilty of possession if they didn't know and had no way to know that the package contained drugs. Another common situation is borrowing a car where the owner stashed drugs.
Some states allow unwitting possession as a defense, some add the 'had no reason to know' element, but some don't allow it at all. The defendant usually has the burden of proving unwitting possession by a preponderance of the evidence.
What Are Examples Of Police Abuse Of Power?
Police abuse of power includes a variety of illegal methods used by law enforcement agents to prove a case. The most common abuses include unauthorized surveillance, planting evidence, and pressure tactics on witnesses or suspects. Be warned that the police ARE allowed to lie either in promising leniency or in using undercover agents.
Do I Need an Attorney?
If you or someone you know has been accused of a drug crime, consult a criminal attorney immediately. An experienced attorney will be able to protect your rights from abuse by the police as well as defend you in the best way.
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Last Modified: 08-14-2012 12:11 PM PDT
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