Am I responsible for a drug charge that I incurred at an apartment I wasn’t even living at?

An apartment that I no longer live at was raided by police and drugs were found. The problem is I got charged with possession even though I do not live at the residence any longer. About 2 months prior to the raid I moved out all of my possessions and moved into a new apartment which I signed a lease for as well ( i have a copy of it too). Since moving out I have had no affiliation with the apartment other than I am still paying on the lease I was unable to be dismissed from. I also am on probation so this is crucial.

Asked on June 11, 2012 under Criminal Law, Maryland

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you were not a resident of the unit that was raided resulting in a drug charge against you, you have a good defense to the charge particularly if you were not arrested at the unit. Given the serious charge against you, I suggest that you consult with a criminal defense attorney to represent you in the matter that you have written about.

From what you have written about, you should not be responsible from a legal standpoint concerning drug charges with respect to your former rental if you had nothing to do with the placement of controlled substances at that locality.


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