how do i beat a marijuana possession ticket

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how do i beat a marijuana possession ticket

the marijuana was not on me. i was in the front seat and they found the marijuana in the back seat of the vechile, plus having no knowledge of it. they never tested it at the scene of the “crime”. there was 4 other individuals in the vechile. also there was way less then half of a gram. what should i do

Asked on June 18, 2009 under Criminal Law, Florida

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M.S., Member, Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

Although I do not practice in Florida, this sounds like a very defensible case.  In Connecticut, where I practice, in order to prove possession in a common area, the state must demonstrate that you 1) had knowledge of the substance, and 2) had dominion and/or control over it.  In your case, it appears you may have had neither, especially considering where the contraband was found.  Moreover, if your co-defendants will provide exculpatory statements, it may be very difficult for the state to prove that you actually possessed the contraband.  Therefore, I suggest you consult with and/or retain a criminal defense attorney that is experienced with Florida law in order to discuss the particular facts of your case and/or develop/evaluate the best possible defense(s) available to you.


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