They are probably charging you under theory of constructive possession. They do this all the time, often times when it is unwarranted in my opinion. I dealt with this same set of facts the other day. Hire a competent defense attorney to fight this for you. The police will surely have a different story so there is no way to tell whether it can be beat until all of the facts are flushed out.
You may well have a good defense to this charge - However, you need a good criminal attorney. Consult with one immediately - it is best to be prepared & properly represented by someone who is familiar with the local prosecutors, judges & court procedures.
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Was it narcotics detectives or patrol officers? Unwarranted charges come out of these situations all the time. I would be happy to discuss all the details with you next week if you wish. Just call my office to set up a consultation.
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If you are in constructive possession of the drugs, you can be charged.
I would take drug tests before the court date and produce clean drug tests in
Court to show that you do not have a drug problem. I also would try to show where the drugs were located in the car in relation to the driver and yourself and if you would have difficulty exercising control of the drugs based upon your location in the car, that may help you.
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The standard is very fact specific, but there's a whole line of cases flushing out what exactly constitutes possession in cases similar to yours. Typically, a person in your situation has a little more involvement then what you've typed. You'll need to consult with an attorney to find out what your options are for your specific case.
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