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Your attorney can defend you against drug charges

You were in a vehicle with your friend when it happened: He was pulled over and the officer noticed a small spoon in the console. You knew your friend used drugs, but you didn't think he would leave his paraphernalia out in the open.

Since the officer had a reason to search the vehicle, your friend allowed him inside. He found methamphetamine and heroin, needles and other items. Now, you're being accused of using the drugs and being in possession, too.

Fortunately, you can defend yourself. Your attorney should be aggressive and make sure your reputation does not suffer because of a misunderstanding.

When drugs belong to someone else, you can argue that in court. You can say the drugs weren't yours. In this case, you were riding in your friend's vehicle, not yours, so you couldn't have known that the drugs were inside. Additionally, when you were drug tested, the results were negative, showing that you had not used drugs recently.

Since the police and prosecution can't prove that the drugs in the vehicle are yours, it's less likely that you'll face a conviction. It's still very important to defend yourself, because claims could be made against you that make it appear that you were the one in possession all along.

You may also be able to use a claim that the drugs were seized illegally. Depending on how much the officer saw, your attorney may be able to convince the court and prosecution that the officer did not have the right to search the vehicle. If it's shown that he had no right to search, then the evidence that was collected may be inadmissible in court. With no evidence to use against you, the prosecution may drop the case.

Finally, your attorney should make sure the actual drugs taken from the vehicle are available for court. Sometimes, things go missing after they travel to the police station, crime lab and other locations. If they're not presented during the case, then your defense attorney can argue that there is no evidence once again.

Your attorney can talk to you about these and other possible defenses for your case. The right defense can make a difference.

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