Understand Drug Possession Charges
Possession of a drug, or as the Government refers to it – a controlled substance – is defined as “care, custody or control or management or care …” The drug may be illegal per se, such as cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, heroin, LSD, or marijuana.
Controlled substances also include “legal” drugs, i.e. dispensed by a legal prescription and utilized in a legal manner. The Government must establish that you knew it was contraband. If the charge is for possession of Marijuana – the Government must prove it was a “usable amount”. Further, the Government must allege or state the name of the dangerous drug possessed.
Whatever the Government alleges it must prove. The allegation, contained on document called the charging instrument, must meet certain requirements. A knowledgeable and experienced litigator can help expose critical shortcomings.