Welcome to our Connecticut criminal defense blog. We've started this blog as a way of discussing stories and current events that we hope you'll find interesting. To get the ball rolling, we're going to take a look at a recent drug case in New Hartford. Some questions related to the case are begging to be answered.
A New Hartford resident called 911 to report that a person was trying to enter the home. When troopers with the Connecticut State Police arrived, they found a 21-year-old man who was described as "highly intoxicated." Both of his eyes were wounded, and he was apparently walking down the driveway. The young man and his 24-year-old roommate live next door to the house where the resident called police.
Cops say the injured man indicated that his roommate, with whom he said he had been drinking, dropped him off next door, though he didn't know why. He was sent to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital to be treated for his injuries.
Here is where the case becomes especially interesting. A local news report says the police entered the young men's house by force. Exactly why police decided to enter the home may be a matter for questioning during the 24-year-old roommate's criminal defense, which is now exactly what he needs. Police claim to have found 25 marijuana plants in the young man's bedroom. Twenty-three of the plants were described as immature. Officers also found drug paraphernalia and about 0.4 ounces of marijuana.
The suspect was charged with possession of narcotics, interfering with an officer and sale of a controlled substance. As for his defense, there may be questions of whether police had the right to enter the residence. They claim the suspect admitted that the plants were his, but if the search and seizure wasn't legal, then that alleged admission may not be used to convict him.
Matters such as these are best addressed with the help of a legal professional. If you have questions about how to defend against drug charges, you may want to stop by our Connecticut criminal defense site. Our firm handles situations similar to the one described here.
Source: The Register Citizen, "Connecticut state police charge New Hartford man with possession and sale of a controlled substance," Ricky Campbell, Aug. 7, 2012