Have you been charged with possession of a controlled substance? Are you facing serious fines or jail time?
Possession of a controlled substance involves being caught by local or federal authorities with a controlled substance or paraphernalia in your possession. Possession of a controlled substance is a conviction that can change your life forever. This conviction can leave a looming cloud over your personal life, affecting everything from your personal life to your future career prospects.
There are several factors that authorities use to determine if you are in possession of a controlled substance:
Actual Possession: When you are carrying a controlled substance on your person, such as your pocket, purse, or backpack.
Constructive Possession: When a controlled substance is not physically found on your person, but rather found in a nearby location. To be convicted of constructive possession, it must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that you had knowledge of the controlled substance’s presence.
Shared Possession: You can be charged and convicted of shared possession if it can be established and proven beyond a reasonable doubt that you had partial control of this substance. An example would be if you gave drug paraphernalia to someone to hold or use.
The severity of a possession of a controlled substance charge can be either a misdemeanor or a felony. No matter what the charge, it is a serious offense and you should not hesitate to contact a possession of a controlled substance lawyer to fight on your behalf. Not every drug case is tried equally and not every conviction receives the same sentence. This makes it imperative to not only seek the counsel of a lawyer that specializes in possession of a controlled substance cases, but also to seek one immediately. Any interaction you have with authorities without your lawyer present can be used against you, causing further evidence to build and making your legal defense more difficult.
The penalty for possession of a controlled substance varies from fines ranging from $100 to upwards of $100,000, along with varying repercussions from serious jail time to court-ordered rehabilitation programs.
Some cities and counties have a zero-tolerance policy against drugs and drug-related cases. However, the downside of this policy is that harsh sentences are common. However, not everyone has the same circumstances, and not every case deserves the same repercussions. For example, there will be those who were honestly not aware that drugs were in their car, purse, or backpack.
A.A. Castro Complex Litigation, Appeals & Negotiation, PLLC will fight for you. We understand the severity and serious impact that a conviction like this holds, which is why we will stop at nothing to examine every aspect of your unique situation in our fight on your behalf. As possession of controlled substance attorney, Managing Attorney Angel A. Castro, III, Esq. specializes in using the same factors that would normally work against you to turn them in your favor. For example, many prosecutors and local authorities handle large volumes of drug-related cases every month, making their prosecution process standard and routine. However, they often overlook some of the finer details of your situation due to of the sheer volume of cases that they handle. We specialize in leveraging these mistakes and oversights to your advantage, giving you the upper hand in your legal defense.
For all of your legal needs, please do not hesitate to contact Castro C.L.A.N. We will give your case the personal attention it deserves, and we will hold nothing back when we fight for you.
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