Actual Possession vs. Constructive Possession
St. Petersburg Drug Possession Defense Lawyers
Drug possession does not refer to actual ownership of a drug, only whether
an illegal drug was on someone’s person or property. Florida drug
drug possession into two meanings: actual possession and constructive possession.
Actual possession is a situation when a person has the drugs either on
his/her person or immediate property. For example: cocaine hidden in a
person’s sock, or a bag of marijuana hidden in his or her freezer.
Constructive possession refers to a person having knowledge of and immediate
access to an illegal drug. For example, a person riding as a passenger
in a friend’s car could be charged with drug possession if illegal
drugs were found in the glove box or under his/her seat. However, the
prosecution would have the burden of proving the passenger in fact had
knowledge of the drugs – and that can be very difficult.
Drug Possession Defenses in Florida
If you have been accused of drug possession, all is not lost. The experienced
attorneys at LeavenLaw in St. Petersburg understand the ins and outs of
drug defense cases.
There are many successful defenses our experienced attorneys can use to
defend a drug possession accusation. Whether you have been accused of
actual or constructive possession, our knowledgeable lawyers can review
your case to ensure your rights were not violated, especially if a search
and seizure was conducted unexpectedly by the law enforcement officers involved.
Accused of drug possession in St. Petersburg or Tampa? Contact our offices today!