When Indiana residents are stopped by police officers at traffic stops, the officers may insist on searching their vehicles. In some cases, this can lead to drug charges for those in the car. Those facing this type of charge still have rights that must be upheld, however. Two men are likely consulting criminal defense attorneys after authorities allegedly discovered illegal drugs in their truck at a traffic stop.
Police report that they stopped the two men for multiple violations, including a defective muffler, failure to signal a turn, a white light violation and seat belt violations. After police identified the men, their reports claim that the vehicle's license plate was not properly registered and the title to the truck was not signed. Authorities claim they then received consent to search the truck where they allegedly found bags of methamphetamine, a bag of marijuana, several items associated with drug use and a loaded handgun.
The driver of the truck has been accused of several felony charges and a misdemeanor. These charges include possession of methamphetamine with a firearm, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The passenger is also facing a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Though these men have been charged with crimes, they still have multiple options they could pursue that might avoid convictions. Experienced criminal defense attorneys could assist these men and other Indiana residents facing drug charges by helping build strong defenses. Attorneys could also provide guidance and support throughout the legal proceedings.
Source: wbiw.com, "Bedford Men Arrested On Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop", April 13, 2017