Police officers who catch someone with a prohibited or controlled substance will probably arrest them. Anyone caught in possession of banned or controlled drugs will likely face criminal charges.
Although drug possession charges can occur for a wide range of reasons, an individual will usually have one of the three encounters with police officers listed below if they face accusations of drug possession.
An officer searches their body or bags
The quickest and easiest way for a police officer to bring possession charges against someone is to find drugs in that person’s pocket, backpack or purse. When you have drugs in your possession, it will be easy for a police officer to connect those drugs to you and potentially use them as grounds for a criminal charge.
An officer searches their vehicle
Sometimes, police go through someone’s vehicle during a traffic stop if they have their permission or probable cause. If a police officer finds any kind of drug, even a small amount of residue in some packaging, they might use that as a reason to arrest you and charge you with a drug offense.
An officer searches their home
Sometimes, either because you let them inside, they had probable cause to enter or they had a warrant, police officers could find items that they believe are illegal in at your house.
Unlike possession stemming from drugs in your pockets or in a bag that you have control over, possession charges related to what you have in your house or your car may be harder for prosecutors to prove. They will have to establish constructive possession to show that you knew the drugs were there and effectively had control over them.
Understanding your rights regarding police searches and the ramifications of drug charges can help you determine how to deal with the charges. It’s wise to have experienced legal guidance.