Drug possession is the illegal possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription or legal authority. Additional charges include distribution or the intent to distribute drugs or the manufacturing or making of drugs. Drug charges can result in both misdemeanor and felony charges, and punishments vary depending on the exact charge, amount of drugs found, and prior criminal history.
In order to be convicted of a drug possession charge, the prosecutor must be able to prove that the accused person knew the drug in their possession was a controlled substance and that they knowingly possessed or had control over the drug. If you have been charged with drug possession, it is important to seek the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can help you understand your rights and options.