What should I do if a person leaves drugs or prescription pills, such as Xanax or Oxycodone in my car?

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Q: What should I do if a person leaves drugs or prescription pills, such as Xanax or Oxycodone in my car?

A: If a person leaves a controlled substance such as Xanax or Oxycodone in your car you can me charged for Possession of Xanax or Possession of Oxycodone.  As a St. Petersburg attorney familiar with drug possession laws you must be careful to handle this situation carefully.  If law enforcement searches your vehicle you could be arrested in Florida for constructively possessing a controlled substance.  As a lawyer familiar with the drug possession and drug trafficking laws I decided to dig a little deeper to answer this question. 

Florida Courts have interpreted the drug possession laws to allow for a small exception to the rule when a person is in temporary possession of a drug or a controlled substance.  The temporary possession must only be for the sole purpose of providing the illegal drugs to law enforcement.  This means immediately upon discovery of the drugs.  Returning the drugs to the rightful owner is the wrong thing to do.  If you do that you are in possession of drugs or controlled substances and could be prosecuted.

Our Saint Petersburg lawyers are familiar with the drug possession and the drug trafficking laws.  We understand the legalities of actual possession and constructive possession of drugs.  Call your knowledgeable Pinellas County criminal defense attorney for your questions regarding drug possession and drug trafficking.     

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