Possession of an Illegal Substance in Raleigh, North Carolina - Sparrow Law Firm

Raleigh Criminal Defense Attorney, Michelle Sparrow, explains why someone may be charged with possession of an illegal substance in North Carolina.


Constructive Possession and Actual Possession are two ways that the state of North Carolina can prove possession of an illegal substance.

Actual Possession is the most commonly understood form of possession where an individual has physical possession of the substances in question.

Constructive Possession is a concept that most people aren’t aware of. The idea behind this concept is that while an individual may not have physical possession of substances they may be in proximity of them with the knowledge that the substances are there.


In North Carolina, police often arrest everyone found in this sort of common area even if they are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. You may even be at risk for arrest if you had no prior knowledge that an illegal substance was present.

For more information regarding possession of illegal substances, particularly marijuana, click here.

If you have been charged with possession of an illegal substance, contact the Raleigh criminal defense attorneys at Sparrow Law Firm for a free consultation.