How best to handle a drug arrest?

Some friends of I were arrested with 3.5oz of marijuana in the vehicle. No one admitted to ownership of the drugs at the scene so we were all charged with the possession of over 2oz and under 4oz. One of my friends is willing to take responsibility for all of the drugs and paraphernalia found in the vehicle so the charges will be dropped on the rest of us. Is this a good idea? Would splitting ownership of the drugs coming out to about 1.17oz each be a better plan?

Asked on April 24, 2014 under Criminal Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Get a lawyer. Every case presents its own nuances and complications, and you do *not* want to do anything that can so affect your future as how you plead or defend in a criminal case without expert assistance. (Think of it this way: you would not operate on yourself, right? You'd go to a doctor. Similarly, go to a lawyer for serious legal problems--and drug possession is very serious.)

Do not trust your friends: no matter what they seem to agree to or say they will do, one or more may end up selling you out in exchange for dropped or lesser charges. A lot of people have ended up in jail because they trusted someone who ended up turning state's evidence against them. Get your own lawyer, and see what your lawyer says.


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