So, you've been caught with weed, meth or crack, and don't know how to talk your way out of this one.
They didn't catch you taking the drug, or dealing it. They just caught you with it. It's called drug possession, and it's a crime.
But as with any crime, there are some potential defenses that you may be able to raise.
Laws About Drug Possession
The possession of illicit drugs is illegal under both federal and state laws. Illicit drugs include methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, and heroin, among others.
Cannabis (i.e., marijuana) is still listed as a prohibited substance under federal law, though some states allow for medical and recreational use of the drug (you can check your state's pot laws here). Furthermore, the amount of marijuana possessed by an individual -- even in a state that permits it for recreational use -- might be cause for legal concern.
So, how do you get yourself out of this mess?
Possible Defense Strategies
For starters, you need to talk to a criminal defense attorney. It's not really a "do it yourself" type of thing to talk your way out of a drug offense, even if you think you've dealt with this sort of situation before.
What are some common defenses to drug possession charges? Depending on your specific situation, they may include: