Police took a man into custody in Racine on Dec. 12 after reportedly smelling marijuana from another vehicle ahead of them in the drive through of a McDonald's. The police charged the 24-year-old with a single count of possession of marijuana.
Police say they saw a plume of smoke come from the driver's side window of the GMC van that the 24-year-old and another man were in at the time. The officers say that the smoke smelled like marijuana. The men in the van got their food from the window and drove away. The police followed them.
Police pulled the van over near Mound Avenue. The driver then took off again, according to the report. Police allege that the driver threw several items out of the window when the van crossed the West Sixth Street bridge. Police say they later found 11 bags of what they said was marijuana on the bridge, weighing a total of 7.9 grams. Police called off the chase, but the van crashed a short time later. Police say they found one of the men hiding in a home on Carmel Avenue.
The man police took into custody in this case may benefit from have a better understanding of the options available to him. In many cases, taking a plea deal can help someone charged with a drug crime avoid the most harsh punishment possible in their case. However, if the evidence the prosecution has against a suspect is weak, building a strong defense against the charges may help a defendant defeat the charges the authorities have brought against them. An attorney may be able to help a defendant look over the evidence in the case and determine if a plea deal is the right course of action.
Source: Journal Times, "Marijuana odor leads to arrest", Kristen Zambo, December 13, 2013