It probably comes as no surprise that dealing with criminal charges can be extremely stressful. Even if you're not guilty, the court appearances, restrictions on your freedom and potential damage to your reputation as a result of media coverage can be overwhelming. But imagine the stress of being charged with a second crime as a result of the initial charges.
A Saukville, Wisconsin, man who was already facing legal trouble after a hit-and-run accident has a second case to battle, now that he's been accused of drug possession. The first case arose after he was driving in downtown Port Washington. A pedestrian darted out in front of him in the middle of the street and before the driver could stop, his car hit the man. Although the accident wasn't his fault, it caused him to instinctively panic and drive away from the scene.
Police officers happened to be in the area as the man continued downtown. They soon stopped him, and he explained to him that he'd simply panicked, according to a criminal complaint. He was arrested and charged with a felony count of hit-and-run.
The second case against the driver came as he was awaiting a court hearing for the first. After being released from police custody, he asked police and prosecutors if he could retrieve some items from his car, which was taken to an impound lot after the crash.
But police later said they had received two tips that the man had concealed drugs in a secret compartment in the vehicle. Port Washington police offered to retrieve the man's iPod and search for any other valuables left in the car. According to that case's criminal complaint, officers found 33 oxycodone pills as well as suboxone films. Suboxone is used to treat addiction to opioids, including oxycodone.
It's not clear whether the man had prescriptions for the drugs. The complaint states that the man told police he wasn't a drug dealer, but was using the suboxone to treat a problem he had. Now in addition to the hit-and-run charge, he must face a felony charge of possession of narcotic drugs and a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance.
An attorney with experience in both drug crimes and major traffic violations would best serve this man, who would probably prefer not to make any more decisions that could negatively affect his future.
Source: Ozaukee Press, "Driver charged in downtown Port hit and run," Bill Schanen IV, Aug. 1, 2012
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