In Jacksonville, Possession of Cocaine can be established by actual or constructive possession. Jacksonville constructive possession of cocaine occurs when the drug is in a place over which the Jacksonville criminal defendant has control or in which the he or she has concealed it. If the drug is in a place over which the Jacksonville criminal defendant does not have control, the State must prove his or her (1) control over the cocaine and (2) knowledge that the cocaine was there.
In Jacksonville Possession of Cocaine cases, the Duval County State Attorney’s Office will use the circumstances surrounding the encounter that police had with the Jacksonville criminal defendant to prove constructive possession at trial. However, the prosecutor cannot make unreasonable inferences that are not supported by the evidence (See Watson v. State, 35 Fla. L. Weekly D2717b (Fla. 3rd DCA, 2010)).
If you are facing Possession of Cocaine charges in Jacksonville, Florida or the surrounding counties, contact a Jacksonville Possession of Cocaine Lawyer.