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Can I be charged for anything that is found in my home during a search?

My cousin has been living in my home ever since his Mom passed away. He's genuinely a good kid but gets caught up with the wrong crowd. I'm not sure exactly what he did now, but I received a phone call at work about my home being searched. Apparently they found a bunch of weed and a scale. Are they going to associate me with the weed, even though it was his? How do they go about determining who the stuff belongs to?

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    John J. Carney | The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq.
    401 East 34th Street
    New York, NY 10016
    (917) 696-2363
    They had information about him selling pot and got a search warrant. It is him that they will want, but everyone at home at the time could be charged under "constructive possession" and so could you are the owner/tenant. Do not let drug dealers in your home or you will get arrested along with them.
    Answer Applies to: New York - Replied: 3/9/2013
    Geoffrey M. Yaryan | Law Office of Geoffrey M. Yaryan
    74-075 El Paseo, Suite A-14
    Palm Desert, CA 92260
    (760) 779-9666
    Depends where they found it. If it was found in a room solely occupied by your cousin then you are okay, if not then you have a problem.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 1/20/2013
    Richard Williams | Law Office of Richard Williams
    301 Government Street, Suite 104
    Mobile, AL 36602
    (251) 272-3765
    The weed, if found in your home, allows law enforcement to charge you with possession. Possession can be sloe or joint, actual or constructive. Weed or any other illegal drugs found in your home may well create a preseumption that you knew about them and intended to exercise dominion and control over them. In other words, never allow anyone to live with you if they intend to bring illegal drugs into your home,
    Answer Applies to: Alabama - Replied: 1/16/2013
    Michael E. Dailey | Law Office of Michael E. Dailey
    922 Oak Street
    Kansas City, MO 64106
    (816) 221-7008
    You could be charged but that is not the same as being convicted. Possession can be joint as well as individual and knowledge can be constructive as well as actual. It will all depend on where and possibly how much was found. Statements from your cousin will also be involved.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri - Replied: 1/16/2013
    Charles M. Schiff | Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
    925 South First Street
    St Cloud, MN 56301
    (320) 259-0699
    There is a legal presumption that anything found in your home is within your dominion and control and therefore technically in your possession. The prosecuting authority may use this to charge you but will not necessarily do so. They may already know who the stuff belongs to. If they do charge you, plead not guilty and attempt to rebut the presumption of possession.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota - Replied: 1/16/2013
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