Some Texas residents may hear the term “possession charge” and be confused about the exact nature of the offense. Criminal possession normally means the offender has something of an illegal nature in their control. In some circumstances, however, it can refer to a generally legal substance that’s actually illegal for the offender to possess.
A number of factors can justify a possession charge. For example, possession of stolen property is a common charge. In this instance, the person charged would not be required to have stolen the items, only custody of them.
Child pornography on a computer can also justify a criminal possession arrest. Furthermore, custody of illegal narcotics, such as cocaine or heroin, can fall within a possession charge. Illegal drugs may be the most common usage of “unlawful possession.” At times, legal drugs could lead to an arrest. If the person is in possession of prescription medications for which he or she does not have a prescription, it may constitute a criminal charge.
Depending on the quantity of drugs, the charge’s severity could increase. For example, possession of stolen goods may be a misdemeanor or a felony based on the value of the items. Child pornography can constitute multiple counts depending on the number of items. With narcotics, a large quantity can add a charge of possession with intent to sell.
Those facing any of type of possession charge may want to retain legal counsel. Unfortunately, law enforcement could incorrectly charge an alleged offender. In these cases, a competent lawyer may be needed to clear the charges.