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What does it mean to be

I was arrested and charged with posseasion of a controlled substance

undercover police watched me get in and out of my dealers vehicle whom they had been investigating for some time. He then drove away and I went into the store and police came in and confronted me. My dealer was later arrested

after they executed a search warrant at his residence and he was charged with multiple drug related offences, including possession for the purpose of trafficking. The court has mentioned me and the co-accused being him so

am confused what this means. Will I be faced with the same punishment and penalties for what he has been charged with? I do not have a lawyer yet and the courts will not give me my disclosure despite 2 appearances which I have

asked for more time to retain a lawyer.

Asked on November 8, 2018 under Criminal Law, Alaska


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

"Co-accused" is not actually an official term: you are an accused or not. The judge is using it colloquially or informally, to indicate that you are one of the two accused--i.e. that there is another accused.
You will know exactly what charges you are face with from the complaint filed against you. Ask the court and/or prosecutor's office for a copy if you don't have one.

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