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Driving without headlights leads to allegations of drug crimes

When traveling at night, drivers inherently experience reductions in visibility, even with the use of headlights. Being out on the road late without headlights is not only dangerous, but it may also appear suspicious and may inevitably lead to a traffic stop if a driver encounters law enforcement agents. A 24-year-old woman has reportedly been accused of drug crimes under similar circumstances following a recent routine traffic stop in Wisconsin.

Law enforcement agents claim the incident took place at around 1:30 a.m. on a recent Saturday when they encountered a driver who was allegedly operating her vehicle without the use of headlights. After initiating a traffic stop, police assert that the driver appeared to be exhibiting suspicious behavior. During this process, they allegedly found her to be in possession of an unspecified amount of marijuana, and she was taken into custody soon thereafter.

The nature of the behavior that led authorities to suspect further wrongdoing remains unclear. No information was provided as to whether police claim to have found the drugs on the woman or inside of her vehicle. During a traffic stop, each individual has rights that must not be violated, and without reasonable cause for suspicion, a search of the vehicle cannot be initiated.

Unfortunately, individuals who are accused of drug crimes may lack the necessary legal knowledge to protect themselves. Those who experience a similar situation could consult with a defense attorney for guidance on the best course of action to take moving forward. An attorney in Wisconsin can evaluate the charges against a client, along with the procedures used during his or her arrest, and assist in forming a strong defense for subsequent court proceedings.

Source: Waukesha, WI Patch, "Routine Traffic Stop Turns Into Drug, Alcohol Charges: Police", Scott Anderson, Feb. 20, 2018

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