Q: Can police charge someone just for their fingerprints being found on a small of drugs if that's all they have?
A: Yes. Charging someone with an offense is different from being found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. What's important here is that fingerprints show that a some point, a person has touched an object. Fingerprints cannot tell you when a person touched an object. Generally, a good defense attorney should know how to argue a fingerprint only case.
Criminal charges are possible based on fingerprints of the contraband alone, however, the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt on each element of the criminal charge lies on the prosecution.
Defense attorneys routinely examine criminal cases for potential flaws to protect the client's penal interest.
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