It is important for South Carolina residents to know their legal rights when they are pulled over during a traffic stop. If any drug charges follow such a stop, the accused driver has the right to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney to advocate on his or her behalf. A Georgetown resident was recently stopped for a headlight violation and ended up behind bars.
According to a report by the Georgetown Police Department, the car with one dead headlight was pulled over. During the conversation with the driver, officers claim to have noticed the smell of marijuana around the car, and when asking the driver about it, he apparently admitted smoking marijuana in the car earlier in the day. Police say the driver denied having any other illegal substances in the car. However, they claim a narcotics K9-unit examined the car and indicated the possible presence of more contraband.
Upon further investigation, law enforcement claims to have found some quantities of marijuana and crack cocaine and Oxycodone and Tramadol tablets. Reportedly, some of it was concealed behind vehicle parts. A firearm was allegedly also found hidden under a seat, and when officers checked his record, it was determined that he was a convicted felon and, therefore, not allowed to carry a weapon.
Along with the headlight violation citation, the man was charged with several drug charges including possession and the intent to distribute marijuana, crack cocaine, schedule II and schedule IV substances, along with carrying a weapon unlawfully. Although convictions on these charges can have severe consequences, the accused South Carolina man will have the right to challenge the allegations. His attorney can scrutinize the methods used to carry out the search and to affect the arrest. With a seasoned attorney in his corner, the best possible outcome can be achieved.
Source: southstrandnews.com, “Georgetown man charged with dealing drugs after traffic stop“, Max Hrenda, Oct. 5, 2016