Common Legal Defenses for Drug Possession

If you are facing a drug possession charge, you undoubtedly feel overwhelmed and concerned about the future. Many in your position often feel defeated, but the truth is that there are many common legal defenses for those charged with a drug crime. With an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side, you can fight to protect your future and potentially have the charges reduced or dismissed entirely.

Defending Yourself Against a Drug Possession Charge

In Massachusetts, there are many defenses that can be used to defend a drug crime.

Some common drug possession defenses include:

  • Attacking the prosecution's evidence that you possessed an illegal substance
  • Claiming the drugs did not belong to you
  • Claiming the search that turned up the drugs was performed illegally
  • Demonstrating that you are a victim of entrapment

To successfully prosecute you, it is the Commonwealth’s burden to prove that you possessed the illegal substance. If it cannot be proven that you were in possession of an illegal substance or if there is a constitutional defense to suppress or exclude evidence, your case may be dismissed.

Additionally, if the prosecution can prove the chemical composition of the substance you possessed, this is another effective legal defense. You may very well have a drug in your possession, but it may not be illegal if it does not meet certain requirements. In such cases, a chemist may be called as a witness to testify about the analysis of the substance.

Conviction of a drug possession charge can result in some rather severe penalties depending on the drug in question, so it is crucial to consult with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to ensure the best outcome for your case.

Schedule a Consultation with Our Skilled Attorneys Today!

If you were arrested for drug possession or another drug crime, it is essential to act quickly and hire a criminal defense attorney to represent your case and protect your freedom. At Hare, Stamm, Harris & O'Connor, our criminal defense team has over 100 years of combined experience.

When you choose to work with us, you will receive the guidance and advice of skilled and dedicated litigators who are passionate about defending the rights of those who seek our help. We understand how stressful these charges can be and will do what is necessary to secure the results you deserve.

Reach out to our law office today at (413) 251-6232 to set up a case evaluation with a member of our team to get started.