If I rent a room in a house where others also are renting a room and one of the roomates smokes pot regularly, can I get into trouble even though I do not smoke pot?

Asked on March 26, 2015 under Criminal Law, South Carolina


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You can IF the evidence--including the testimony of, say, your roommates (who may wish to blame someone else) or the location of the drugs (if any were stashed under your bed, in your drawers, etc.)--tends to show or indicate that the drugs were yours; even if there were not in fact yours, if the evidence shows your possession or use (and if they smoke around you, you will have some in your blood and hair) your could be charged and possibly convicted.

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