Criminal Defense Lawyer in College Park, MD
Archeological Site, the College Park Woman’s Club, and The Rossborough Inn are all located within the community. The area’s first subdivision was plotted by Eugene Campbell in 1872, though remained fairly underdeveloped until 1889.
It wasn’t until the introduction of the automobile that the population of College Park took off as campuses grew to accommodate the students attending the University of Maryland. The city was incorporated in 1945 and a municipal center was later built in 1959.
Today over 30,000 residents live within the borders of College Park. Not too surprisingly, as the name of the city suggests, the area is largely populated by younger individuals who are attending one of the several schools in the city.
It is estimated that over 60% of the present population is between the ages of 18 and 24, with the next largest age group being those aged 25 to 44 at nearly 16%.
Drug Crimes and School Campuses
American drug laws are evolving, but this doesn’t mean that citizens and visitors are exempt from these laws. The most common drug charge that individuals face is ‘possession’. While the most common, it can also be the most dangerous – especially if you are charged near or on school grounds.
What Is Drug Possession?
In order for an individual to be convicted of possessing a drug, the accused must:
- Have knowingly and intentionally had the controlled substance on his or her person
- Have had the controlled substance without a valid prescription; and
- Have a quantity large enough for personal use or for sale/distribution
Possession charges don’t need to be based on actual evidence. In many situations law enforcement will deliver the charge on “constructive” possession.
What is Constructive Possession?
The term “constructive possession” is used to describe a defendant who, while not actually having drugs on his or her person, still has access and control over the place where the drugs may have been found. This could be a locker or within a dorm room. In short, the government doesn’t need to actually prove that an individual is using the drug in order to charge him or her with possession.
If you have been charged with drug possession, the time to act is now. The criminal defense attorneys at Lotze Mosley have provided legal counsel to numerous individuals who have been charged with a drug crime and have successfully disposed of hundreds of drug-related cases.
We invite you to call us today to discuss your particular case at (202) 393-0535.
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