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There are many ways to fight your drug possession charge

So, you're facing drug possession charges? There's good news and bad news. The bad news is that drug charges carry some of the stiffest penalties for any non-violent crimes. You definitely should fight these charges with every tool you have available.

The good news is that there are many ways that an experienced attorney can use the law in your favor to fight the charges. With an excellent defense, it is possible to reduce or dismiss your charges, depending on the nature of your situation.

Of course, none of those things are likely to happen if you sit back do nothing to defend yourself. It is crucial to your future that you consult with an experienced attorney who can evaluate your individual circumstances and identify elements that may work in your favor.

Did the police follow proper procedures?

Many individuals unfairly face drug charges because of the improper actions of the officer who gave them those charges. Police officers have a duty to uphold the law, not to break it. If the officer involved in your case did not follow proper procedures, your attorney can leverage this in your favor.

One common area where police may violate your rights is during a traffic stop. Unless officers have some specific reason to search your vehicle, such as visible drugs or drug paraphernalia, then they may not do so without your consent.

Unfortunately, many officers claim that they have the right to search your vehicle, even if they do not.

Another common abuse of power by police is when they bust up a party and find drugs in the area. If you live in a house with several other people and a police officer charges you with possession for drugs found in your home, there are many ways to demonstrate that the drugs may belong to someone else.

But let's say that the police followed proper procedures. There are still ways to fight the charges.

The burden of proof rests on the prosecution

Maybe the police followed proper procedure when arresting you and filing the charges. This does not mean a game-over. In fact, there are legitimate ways in which the entire scenario could be a very big misunderstanding!

The arresting officer must collect whatever drugs he or she claims you possessed to keep as evidence for a trial. But, what if the substance the officer collected is not what he or she believes it is? Especially when it comes to the white powder substances, there are many things that may look like a hard substance.

Several years ago, a prominent gospel artist in Atlanta faced drug possession charges because an officer pulled him over and mistook spilled dietary aids for cocaine. It would be a shame for the arresting officer to have to go find the drugs in question, only to test them and find that they were not the drugs he or she charged you for possessing.

Furthermore, this defense checks the responsibility of the officer to maintain the evidence safely. If you request to test the alleged substance, or produce it in court, the officer may have misfiled the evidence. If he or she cannot produce the evidence, that will work in your favor.

It is also possible that you are legally using a controlled substance. Georgia recognizes very limited uses of medical marijuana, and it may simply be a matter of demonstrating this to the court.

Don't fight the fight alone

No matter what your situation may be, you deserve a strong legal defense. An experienced attorney will know how to examine your case for weaknesses in the prosecution and fight for your future, protecting your rights throughout the process.

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