17 year old Possession of Controlled Substance Misdemeanor

Asked over 1 year ago - Detroit, MI

I was issued a misdemeanor for Possession of Marijuana. The drugs belonged to the passenger in the car. Officer said drugs were found within my wingspan, even though they were on passengers side. Passenger was let go, but I was charged, even though the drugs belonged to her.

What is the best way to fight?

Attorney answers (3)

  1. Daniel P. Hilf

    Contributor Level 15


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . You need to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer to represent you. Merely being present in a location where marijuana is found is not enough to sustain a conviction. A lawyer working on your behalf will get copies of all police reports, witness statements, police car video (if one exists), and any other evidence to help combat this allegation made against you.

    A marijuana conviction could affect your future educational opportunities, future employment, and your driving privileges. Sometimes in life you only get 1 opportunity to obtain the right result. HIre a lawyer immediately.

  2. Scott G. Millard

    Contributor Level 10


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . You need to retain an attorney willing to take an aggressive approach to defending this case. You need an attorney that is going to competently and completely investigate the case including figuring out whether there was an dash cam video/audio from the police car and interviewing the passenger. The first thing is figuring out whether there are legal issues with your case. If not then it is essential to prepare this case for trial and try to put pressure on the state to get a favorable resolution. From your introduction you are seeking to have a jury of your peers decide the case. If that's what you want its essential that you seek out the assistance of an attorney that is willing and capable to do that. An attorney that will do a good job in taking your case to trial will not be cheap. There is a lot of work involved in being able to competently and aggressively defend a person accused of a crime against the government. Best of luck and don't talk to anyone about your case, especially the police.

  3. Adam Domenick Rumschlag

    Contributor Level 14


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . The best way to fight is to go to trial and win. The officer had probable cause to believe that the marijuana found was your marijuana because of your proximity to it, but that's not proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Winning your case depends on what the witnesses say at trial. If you and the passenger both testify that the marijuana wasn't your marijuana, that might be enough evidence to create a reasonable doubt in the jurors' minds.

    Please note that this answer does not constitute legal advice. It is merely intended to provide general... more

Can't find what you're looking for? Ask a Lawyer

Get free answers from experienced attorneys.


Ask now

22,662 answers this week

2,919 attorneys answering

Ask a Lawyer

Get answers from top-rated lawyers.

  • It's FREE
  • It's easy
  • It's anonymous

22,662 answers this week

2,919 attorneys answering