Many individuals have faced criminal accusations following a routine traffic stop. Although each individual has rights that must be upheld in this process, should authorities have reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, the search of a vehicle may ensue. A recent traffic stop in New York has reportedly led to drug charges for two passengers, one of whom faces felony charges.
According to reports, police claim to have witnessed a driver violating several traffic laws just after midnight on a recent Sunday. Upon initiating a traffic stop and approaching the vehicle, they claim to have spotted evidence indicating the presence of drugs inside. A search was initiated, during which they claim to have uncovered just under 20 grams of cocaine and an unspecified amount of marijuana.
While the driver of the vehicle was issued several traffic tickets, both passengers are facing drug-related charges in relation to the search. One individual was allegedly found in possession of marijuana, and faces a noncriminal violation for unlawful possession. Authorities claim the other passenger was in possession of the cocaine, and she is facing felony drug charges, the penalties of which are severe should a conviction be obtained.
Those accused of drug charges in New York may find it beneficial to seek guidance in the early stages of the process. By speaking with an attorney, a individual could obtain advice on the potential consequences, as well as assistance in forming a strong defense. An attorney can thoroughly examine the charges and evidence against a client and assist in pursuing the best outcome possible during legal proceedings.
Source: poststar.com, "New York City woman faces drug charges after traffic stop", Aug. 28, 2017