What to do if my boyfriend as charged with something that I did?

My boyfriend and I were riding with someone and got pulled over for a broken tail light. They pulled my boyfriend out searched him but found nothing at all on him. Then they searched me and found less than a gram of meth and a glass pipe along with a notebook that appears to have illegal drug sales in it. Well the detective who pulled us over made note that he got those items out of my bag. He let me go but charged my boyfriend with less than a gram of meth. If I take the piece of paper that states what they found and who they found it on to the public defender, will/can they drop the charge on him? If so, will they arrest me for the charge? We are trying to get it off of him because he really wasn’t guilty but yet at the same time I’m not trying to put myself in jail. What should I/we do?

Asked on March 20, 2016 under Criminal Law, South Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

 You have a dilemma: the best and only certain way to get the charges against your boyfriend dropped is to reveal and admit that the meth and pipe were yours. While it's not automatic that will result in charges being brought against you, it is VERY likely that they will. The problem is, to convincingly show that the drugs and paraphenalia were not his, you need to provide a believable alternative explanation--which is that they were yours. There is no way to effectively claim they were not his without revealing whose they were.


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