Appel & Morse, we understand that
drug crime cases are often complex. You may have been arrested for
drug possession in Southern California after an illegal substance was discovered in your
vehicle; however, it doesn’t mean that you are guilty.
What if the drugs belonged to a friend who left them in your car? What
if you were borrowing someone else’s car? While all signs may point
to you, perhaps you were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Actual Possession vs. Constructive Possession
In any possession case, prosecutors need to establish that the drugs belonged
to you in one of two ways: actual possession or constructive possession.
Actual possession means that the drugs were on your person when they were
found by law enforcement. Constructive possession means that you were
aware of their presence, but not actually holding the drugs. In other
words, you knew – or should have known – that the drugs were
either on your property or that you possessed the ability to exercise
control over them.
Let Our Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Attorney Help You
If you are facing drug possession charges in Ventura County, our legal
team is committed to helping you get the results you want. We can investigate
your arrest, collect evidence, as well as build an effective and personalized
defense strategy just for you. Appel & Morse will make sure that your
side of the story is heard.
Contact us and schedule a
free criminal consultation today.