“It Isn’t mine.”
Uttering this phrase to the police when they have found you in close proximity to anything: drugs, alcohol, or violence – only shows you don’t understand the legal principle of constructive possession.
Constructive possession requires: (1) intent, and, (2) the ability to exercise dominion and control .
Essentially, it does not matter if it “isn’t yours.” On campus or off.
Because it’s about what it’s always about: a student’s choice of people and places. Friends who place you in harm’s way aren’t good friends. And you’re foolish for choosing them.
The mother of the philosopher Menscius (372-289 BC) is famous for moving repeatedly until her son picked up the right role models. She found that he emulated those around him .
Friend’s watch out for one another.
Be your own best friend.
“I am beginning to be my own friend. That is progress indeed.” – Seneca (stoic philosopher. 4BC-65AD)
 Wilson v. Commonwealth, 46 Va. App. 408 (2005)  Dec. 2013. Web. 16 Dec. 2013. <http://ancient.eu.com/Mencius?>
These materials have been prepared by WGW for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed as legal advice.