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3 ways to defend yourself after drug charges

You may never have intended to get caught up in a drug deal, but you were. Even though you were just a bystander, you're being held accountable for your actions as well. The police arrested you and intend to charge you, too. What can you do?

Fortunately, in cases like yours, there are a variety of defensive options. While drug crimes are serious, that doesn't mean you should be held accountable for other people's actions. Here are three common defensive options that may work for you.

1. They aren't your drugs

This is fairly self-explanatory in your case. You saw the drug exchange happening, but you were neither buying nor selling drugs. Your attorney can help create a defense that shows you were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time to help you avoid penalties.

2. Admit to witnessing the drug deal

Admitting the crime can be a good defense, despite seeming like it would be a bad idea. Sometimes, admitting and explaining gives you a chance to tell the truth about what happened, but that doesn't necessarily mean you're admitting guilt. For example, you may confess that you did witness a drug deal and knew the people involved. You may also confess that you did not know what to do or that you drove your friend to meet someone without knowing that the reason was for a drug trade.

3. Deny seeing anything

Were you just standing by when the drug sale took place? Maybe you didn't see it at all, and the police just assumed you were also part of it due to proximity. If that's the case, you may wish to deny any knowledge of the crime and plead your innocence.

These are a few of the options your attorney may talk to you about. It's important to tell your attorney the truth about what went on that day, so he or she has the information needed to build a strong defense.

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