Question about someone being charged with possession if she goes to the ER for an injury and has drugs in her system. Answer — she probably won’t be charged with possession but there’s a possibility of being charged with OWI if she operates a motor vehicle with a discernible amount of a controlled substance in her system.
This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be relied on as legal advice. This post was about someone’s friend who was injured and was considering going to the ER for medical treatment but was concerned that because they had drugs in their system, they might be charged with possession of a controlled substance even though they weren’t intoxicated at the time of the treatment. Consult with a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction to determine whether this post is relevant to you.
Ask your attorney or check the Iowa Code to determine whether the Iowa crime you’ve been charged with is a felony or a misdemeanor so that you know what to expect at sentencing. If you’re facing misdemeanor charges but aren’t yet sure whether you want to talk to an attorney, here are some initial steps you can take to help yourself.