If you have a roommate that is selling drugs from your apartment, you could very well be in some trouble, but it depends on a number of things. First, it depends on your knowledge of your roommate’s activities. Second, it depends on your level of involvement with your roommate’s activities. Even if you did not know about your roommate’s activities, and did not participate in them, if the police have evidence that he is selling drugs out of the apartment, they will probably conduct a search of the apartment. If you are there at the time of the search, it is likely that the police will detain you while the search is going on. If the police find drugs in the apartment, where they find the drugs is crucial. If they find the drugs in a place that is under the sole control of your roommate, then you might be okay. However, if the police find the drugs in a common area, like a living room, you could very well face a charge of drug possession. If you help your roommate hide the drugs, or if you participate in his activities in some other way, you could very well face other charges, including conspiracy and possession.
If you find yourself in the position of having a roommate that is selling drugs, you can do a number of things. First, you could simply move out. You might be breaking your lease, but breaking your lease is far better than getting arrested on drug charges. Second, you could call the police and tell them what your roommate is doing. This is obviously a riskier option, as it could potentially put you in some physical danger. If you find yourself in the situation, speaking with an Arlington Criminal Defense attorney can be very important.
Thanks to our friends and co-contributors at Brandy Austin Law Firm PLLC for their added insight into criminal charges related to your roommate’s drug possession.