While driving a friend’s car, police found drugs in the vehicle and arrested me. Why was I charged with drug possession?

Keep in mind that for someone to be arrested for drug possession or any other offense, most states only require that an officer have probable cause to make the arrest. Probable cause is a much lower standard of proof than what is required for a conviction. Depending on the laws of your state, the officer most likely had probable cause to arrest you, but whether or not it will be enough to convict you depends on the standards for establishing guilt in your jurisdiction.

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License Suspension for Marijuana Possession in Virginia

If convicted of marijuana possession in Virginia, state law requires a judge suspend your driver’s license. Two main policy concerns are used to justify suspension: first is to prevent individuals using drugs from driving while under the influence; and second to punish and scare those who used drugs by taking their driver’s license. If facing a Virginia marijuana possession charge, consult a local attorney for assistance in reducing the charge and preventing suspension of your driver’s license.

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Possession of Cocaine

Possession of cocaine is a serious charge. In fact, the penalties for possession are generally much steeper than penalties for other drugs.

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Legal Defenses for a Drug Possession Charge

There are several ways to defend against a charge of drug possession. Unwitting possession, lack of possession, and police abuse of power (e.g. – entrapment), are among the most common defenses. Read on to see if these defenses may be relevant to your particular situation, but don’t represent yourself in a drug case — get a free case evaluation with an experienced criminal attorney.

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Possession of Methamphetamine

Possession of methamphetamine, otherwise known as meth, crystal, speed or ice, has harsh consequences in both state and federal law. Get to know some of the common penalties for meth possession, and the defenses available to people facing criminal charges.

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Penalties for Drug Possession

Penalties imposed for drug possession vary widely from state to state. Imposed penalties will also depend on the type of drug possessed, the amount possessed, whether the individual has prior convictions, or whether the individual is on parole or probation. Since possession of a large amount of illegal drugs can be considered as circumstantial evidence of intent to distribute, this factor alone can lead to hefty prison sentences.

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