Facing a drug possession charge or any other drug charge in Tennessee can be frightening. If you've never dealt with a drug charge before, you likely don't know where to start in your defense. You will have plenty of questions about the charge, how to fight it and what will come next when the case goes to court. Here are some popular defenses to drug possession charges in Tennessee.
A common defense to a drug possession charge is that the drugs belonged to someone else. This is a very difficult defense to prove in court. Many people will claim that the drugs found in their residence were left by someone else or that you had no idea they were in your vehicle.
Issues with search and seizure are raised often in drug possession cases. Any drugs that are seen in "plain view" during a traffic stop can be entered as evidence and used in a case. Drugs found that was hidden in a trunk or other location during an unlawful search and seizure could be removed from a case.
Some people charged with drug possession will claim that the drugs found on their person were planted. This is a very difficult defense to prove because a sworn testimony issued by a police officer holds a lot of weight in a courtroom.
Was the drug found on your marijuana? A common defense here is that it was actually medical marijuana. In order to prove this defense, you will need to show that you have been prescribed medical marijuana for an illness or other medical condition.
If you are facing a drug possession charge in Tennessee you should know all of your defense options. You don't want to leave out any options you might have in fighting the charges in court.