When law enforcement agents encounter a driver that is exhibiting reckless behavior, a traffic stop will generally ensue. While in some cases, this may only lead to a citation and monetary fine, should officers have reasonable suspicion of additional offenses, they may choose to further investigate. A recent traffic stop that took place under similar circumstances has led to the arrest of three individuals in Wisconsin, each of which stands accused of drug crimes.
Law enforcement agents assert the incident began when they encountered a driver who was unable to maintain proper lane control and operating with a burnt-out brake light. A traffic stop was initiated, and upon approaching the driver, they claim to have caught the odor of marijuana emanating from within the vehicle. Officers failed to locate drugs during a subsequent search of the vehicle.
However, during the search, authorities claim the driver suddenly admitted to having illegal drugs at his home and also consented to a search of the residence. A search of the home allegedly unearthed the presence of marijuana and methamphetamine, along with drug paraphernalia. Three individuals were arrested soon thereafter — two of whom are reportedly facing felony charges — and each is facing drug charges in relation to the search.
For those accused of drug crimes, how they respond to allegations can have a substantial influence on the outcome of the situation. Individuals who face similar charges could benefit from speaking with an attorney in the initial stages of the process for advice on how best to proceed. An attorney in Wisconsin can work toward protecting a client’s legal rights and provide further assistance with any future legal proceedings associated with the charges.
Source: hubcitytimes.com, “Marshfield traffic stop leads to drug charges“, Jan. 15, 2018