A drug possession charge in Kentucky refers to being accused of unlawfully possessing a controlled substance. Kentucky, like many other states, has laws regulating the possession of drugs, which can include illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana (in certain quantities), as well as prescription drugs obtained without a valid prescription.

The severity of the charge depends on various factors, including the type and quantity of the drug involved, any prior criminal record, and the circumstances surrounding the possession. Possession of small amounts of certain drugs may be classified as a misdemeanor, while possession of larger quantities or certain types of drugs can result in felony charges.

Here are some things you should immediately do if you’re charged with drug possession.

  • Exercise your right to remain silent by refraining from discussing the details of the case with law enforcement without legal representation present. Remember that anything you say can be used against you in court.
  • Contact a criminal defense attorney who has experience in handling drug possession cases so they can help you navigate the legal process.
  • Make sure you understand the specific charges you are facing and what the potential consequences of those charges could be such as fines, probation, and jail time.
  • Collect any relevant documents, such as arrest records, bail paperwork, and court summons.
  • Attend all the court appearances because failure to appear in court could result in additional legal consequences.
  • Do not participate in any activities that could lead to additional legal trouble, such as drug use or criminal behavior.
  • If substance abuse is a factor in your case, explore getting in a treatment program as soon as possible. Participation in such programs may be viewed favorably by the court.
  • Do not discuss your charges or pending case with others, especially on social media. Anything you post in the public domain could potentially be used against you in court.