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How can the government prove drug possession beyond a reasonable doubt?

Whitney S. Boan Protecting Your Right

Video Transcript

The government can prove drug possession beyond a reasonable doubt in a number of different ways. However, the most prevalently used ways are either that they will show that you were in actual possession of a drug or that you were in constructive possession of a drug. Actual possession means that it was on your person or it was in your purse and that’s on your person or there’s really no question in terms of whose drug it could have been based upon its physical location. Constructive possession on the other hand, can be a situation where more than one person could be found, even through circumstantial evidence, to have dominion and control over the location of the drugs and the possession of the drugs even if it’s not on your person and you’re not the only person present. You need to speak with a lawyer to figure out what if any defenses that you might have to an allegation of a legal possession of drugs.