No matter how hard you try to teach your child right from wrong, there are times when he or she will get in trouble. Unfortunately, this is often times serious.
Are you the parent of a college-aged child? If so, you worry that he or she will make a poor decision that leads to trouble with the law. Unfortunately, there are some crimes, such as drug possession, that could land your child in prison.
If your college-aged child is charged with drug possession, it's important that you personally learn more about what happened. This gives you the opportunity to better understand what happened in the past, and, of course, the legal process that is sure to unfold in the months to come.
As a parent, you want to do everything you can to help your child avoid the most serious trouble with the law. For this reason, it shouldn't be long before you learn more about the many defense strategies associated with a drug possession charge.
- Unlawful search and seizure. Search and seizure issues often come to the forefront in a drug possession case. An example of this would be illegal drugs found on a car's seat during a traffic stop. However, drugs found in the trunk, without the permission of the suspect, cannot be used as evidence.
- The drugs belong to another person. One of the most common defense strategies, this is when you claim that the drugs were not yours. Prosecutors must be able to prove that the drugs belonged to you and not somebody else, such as a roommate or a passenger in a car.
- Crime lab analysis. Just because a drug looks like something that is illegal doesn't mean that it actually is. This is where a crime lab analysis comes into play.
There is no right or wrong answer as to which drug possession defense strategy is best. Instead, this depends on a variety of factors associated with the event itself.
If your college student finds him- or herself in trouble with the law, you can step in and help your son or daughter better understand what the future will bring. Furthermore, you can focus on his or her legal rights and the defense strategy that can help prevent the most serious punishment.