Being involved in a traffic stop can be intimidating enough in its own right, and even more so should additional charges follow. Should authorities claim to catch the scent of illegal narcotics during this period, it may prompt them to perform a search of the vehicle, which could leave a person accused of drug crimes if narcotics are located within. Two men have been arrested and are now facing felony drug charges following a recent traffic stop in Wisconsin.
According to reports, the incident began when authorities initiated a traffic stop for unknown reasons on a recent Friday. Upon approaching the vehicle, they claim to have caught a strong scent of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and decided to further investigate the matter. During a search of the vehicle, police allegedly unearthed the presence of over 10 ounces of marijuana, as well as one gram of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
The two men were taken into custody following the search and each is facing numerous charges in relation. Both men stand accused of felony charges for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. The penalties for similar charges is severe, and if convicted, each could be facing a variety of consequences, reportedly including as much as six years in prison.
Without experience in such matters, those who are accused of drug crimes in a traffic stop may have little understanding of their legal rights. A defense attorney can evaluate the events leading up to a person’s arrest and help ensure his or her rights were not violated in the process. An attorney in Wisconsin can examine the situation thoroughly and provide a client with advice on the best course of action to take during subsequent legal proceedings.
Source: wiscnews.com, “Brothers face felony drug charges after Pardeeville traffic stop,” Jonathan Stefonek, Jan. 30, 2018