How can I prove I had no knowledge or contact with drugs in a possession charge?

I was pulled over in a family vehicle and arrested for possession or a controlled substance that I had no contact with or knowledge of. How can I prove my innocence or have the charges reduced or dismissed?

Asked on December 31, 2018 under Criminal Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

There is no way to 100% prove a negative: i.e. to prove you had no knowledge of something or contact with it. 
What you can best do is provide evidence that the drugs belonged to someone else. If the drugs were someone else's and they left them in the car (or wherever they were found), that will tend to establish your innocence, by showing they were someone else's, not yours. But if you cannot show to whom the drugs belonged, you are not likely to be successful.


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