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Understanding the criminal charge of drug possession

Tennessee residents facing drug crimes should seek the help of criminal defense attorneys to support them as they analyze and defend their cases. Legal professionals who work in criminal defense can provide their clients with case-specific help to see them through their trials and prepare defenses that may help them protect their rights. This post provides general information on the topic of drug possession and is not legal advice.

Drug possession is a multi-component criminal charge. It has both an intellectual requirement and a physical requirement. First, in order for a person to possess illegal drugs, they must intend to do so. That means that the accidental possession or holding of illegal drugs, without the individual's knowledge of the illegality of it, may not satisfy this part of the charge.

Second, if an individual intends to possess illegal drugs, then they must also have those drugs under their possession or control in order for the charge to be fulfilled. Possession does not necessarily mean on the person of the charged individual; possession indicates control over the drugs such as in the individual's home, car, or other physical space.

Drug possession charges can be used to build additional, even more serious charges against a person. Depending on the quantity of drugs the individual allegedly possessed, they may be charged with possession with the intent to distribute. This charge may bring greater penalties and more significant sanctions since the drugs were not simply intended for the individual's personal use. Further information on drug charges should be sought from readers' criminal defense attorneys.

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