Sometimes, criminal charges are brought against a person after the police search his or her car during a routine traffic stop. In order to search a vehicle during a traffic stop, authorities are required to have either probable cause or consent from the driver. Police officers claim that they were given consent when they recently searched a car during a traffic stop in Connecticut, which resulted in drug charges.
The incident happened one night in mid-August as a 24-year-old man was driving his vehicle down the road. The authorities stopped the car, however, reports released to the public have not indicated the exact reason for the traffic stop. The police claim they asked for, and the man then gave them, consent to search his vehicle.
Upon searching the vehicle, police officers allegedly found crack cocaine and marijuana in the car. Police claim the man attempted to resist arrest, but authorities were eventually able to detain the man. Authorities believe the crack cocaine they alleged found had been pre-packaged for sale. The total amount of crack cocaine recovered was approximately 20 grams.
The suspect was hit with drug charges which included possessing crack cocaine as well as possession with the intention of selling the drug. The man was also charged with interference with an officer of the law as well as possession of marijuana. Although it may seem that there is significant evidence against the defendant, the suspect will have the right to defend himself in a Connecticut court. There could be a variety of legal defense strategies available, including challenging the claims made by the police that the man legally gave consent to the search.
Source: norwichbulletin.com, Killingly man arrested on drug charges, Adam Benson, Aug. 22, 2013