You should not lose hope when arrested for drug possession—this is part of why criminal defense attorneys exist in the first place, to defend the rights of the accused. They can for one thing determine if it is in your best interests to plead guilty or not. There may also be multiple means of defending you from your drug possession charges depending on the circumstances of your arrest.
Prosecutors will need to prove that you possessed the drugs in question; as in, you knew about the drugs' existence which were within your control. The means that even if the drugs were in the same vehicle or residence as you but you were otherwise unaware of their presence, you cannot be charged with possession.
Protecting Your Fourth Amendment Rights
Police are obligated to follow proper procedure when investigating for drugs in the first place, and citizens are guaranteed protection from illegal searches and seizures by the Fourth Amendment. This means that unless drugs were within "plain view" to officers, such as on a dashboard during a legitimate traffic stop, law enforcement cannot conduct a search without a warrant. If your rights were violated by an unlawful search, your charges could be thrown out no matter what the officer found.
If you were entrapped by law enforcement, your charges could also be found to be unwarranted. Entrapment takes place when police officers or an informant induce a suspect to do something illegal which they would otherwise not do.
It is also sometimes the case that the drugs you allegedly possessed have gone missing as it was handled by multiple parties before winding up in an evidence locker. If no drugs can be produced, you could have your case dismissed.
While being charged with drug possession is serious, a skilled Orlando drug crimes attorney can fight to prevent a conviction by arguing any number of defenses on your behalf. The sooner you can begin your defense, the stronger it can be, so call Jaeger & Blankner today to get started!