When New York residents travel by car, they face several potential risks. In most cases, this is either an accident or being pulled over for a traffic violation, but most do not consider facing drug charges after a traffic stop. No matter the location or timing of a drug charge, defendants should understand the circumstances of the stop, search and arrest could help with their defense against the changes.
New York State Police recently arrested a 28-year-old man after stopping to assist a disabled vehicle. Reports indicate that authorities spotted a disabled car on Taconic State Parkway and stopped to provide assistance. During this interaction, authorities found the driver in possession of marijuana and a controlled substance.
The driver was cited for criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th degree and unlawful possession of marijuana. Charges similar to these usually result in fines, but depending on the criminal background of the accused, they could face even harsher penalties.
Following a drug charge, it is important that defendant assess the situation surrounding the charge. If an officer did not follow proper protocols or procedures, this could cause some or all of the evidence to be dismissed. This could ultimately lead to the reduction or dismissal of the charges.
No matter the severity of a drug charge, those charged should understand their rights regarding a defense. Seeking guidance could help them develop a strong criminal defense strategy, which could reduce or eliminate the penalties the charges carry.
Source: Patch, “Driver of Disabled Vehicle Faces Drug Charges,” Lanning Taliaferro, Dec. 15, 2014