29 Nov Preston man arrested for drug charges after vehicle search
On behalf of Jack B. Rubin, PA posted in Drug Charges on Friday, November 29, 2013.
Drugs being present in a person’s surrounding area do not make that person automatically guilty of a crime. People are often arrested for the possession of narcotics of which they were totally unaware. To be found guilty on drug charges in Maryland and other states, the prosecution has to prove that the defendant was aware of the drugs being present.
The State Police of Maryland allegedly stopped and searched the vehicle of a 41-year-old Preston man at about 10:00 a.m. recently. Police reported that the man was stopped for a speeding violation, but officers decided to search the vehicle due to a strong marijuana odor emitting from the vehicle. The man was charged with having drug paraphernalia as well as marijuana present in the vehicle. He was arrested but later released to await the date of the trial.
The circumstances surrounding the drugs being present in the vehicle may need to be examined by the accused individual’s defense team. It also has to be determined whether the officials had the right to search the vehicle for drugs. Law enforcement has a responsibility to perform their duties while following strict procedures and ensuring the protection of a person’s rights. When they fall short, an individual’s rights are violated.
Protection from unlawful search and seizure is vital in cases involving drug use or possession of cocaine, marijuana, heroin, ecstasy or methamphetamines. In many cases where drug charges are made, the evidence that has been allegedly seized in a search proves to be inadmissible because proper procedures are not followed. Maryland residents who find themselves facing drug charges may want to fully research their rights under the law to ensure fair treatment by Maryland courts.
Source: wmdt.com, MD State Police Arrest Preston Man For Drug-Related Charges, Kelly Rule, Nov. 17, 2013