Legal Question in Constitutional Law in New York

If u lived in a 10 family building and something was found in a basement.who is liable?

Asked on 9/22/11, 7:56 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Randy Lang,J.D.,Atty. Office of the Prosecutor SCAT

Without more factual information it is beyond difficult to properly and accurately answer this vastly openended general question.

However,I'll take a shot at it:

The liable party may be that person(s) having actual or constructive custody,possessionor/and control over the "something" found in the basement.

Similarily,if you had custody,possession or/and control over a shed out back of your house and it was discovered to have 150 kilos of high-grade cocaine uncut in it and the neighborhood DEA discovered it you would be liable for having it in your shed.

Bingo: Your will be charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale and Distribution a very serious felony no matter what state you reside in at the time of the bust.

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Answered on 9/22/11, 10:03 pm


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