People who are subject to a traffic stop in the Hudson Valley and throughout New York on suspicion of driving under the influence and committing traffic violations might find themselves facing other charges as well. If there are drugs in the vehicle at the time, the person will inevitably be arrested on drug crime charges on top of the charges related to the initial justification for the stop. With multiple offenses, there can be a litany of penalties if there is a conviction. That makes it vital to have legal help experienced in a broad array of criminal charges to formulate a defense.
A 50-year-old man was arrested on numerous charges related to drugs and weapons after his vehicle was stopped. According to law enforcement, the man was driving erratically and speeding. After stopping him, an investigation was conducted. He was found to have been drinking alcohol. He also had prescription drugs on him — 61 grams of Oxycodone. They also found four daggers on his person. The man was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He also faces DWI charges.
When a person is facing charges that cross lines between drugs, DWI, traffic violations and more, it is essential to understand how to plan a defense. These charges often have different penalties and the level of severity will determine what consequences the person faces. Since the sale of prescription drugs is growing into a nationwide concern, prosecutors might be more intent on securing a conviction. Combining that with a weapons charge, DWI and the traffic violations and the person will have a significant series of issues to navigate. There are avenues to defend against these charges. A traffic stop must be conducted according to protocol. Officers must adhere to certain rules when conducting a search. All the factors in the case must be considered as soon as possible to handle the case.
The man who was arrested faces numerous charges across the spectrum. The drug and weapons charges are the most serious. However, he must make certain to address every allegation. The first step is to speak to a legal professional experienced in DWI, drug cases and all other issues in criminal defense.
Source: Putnam Daily Voice, “Speeding I-684 Motorist Faces Weapons, Drug Charges, Police Say,” Zak Failla & Joe Lombardi, Oct. 24, 2017