On March 26, authorities in Sumter County attempted to pull over a Nissan registered to a man who had an outstanding warrant. However, as authorities tried to stop the 32-year-old’s vehicle, the vehicle made its way to Woodlawn Avenue where it was involved in an accident. The man then reportedly fled his vehicle and hid in the attic of a home that he lived in.
Police first did a search of the vehicle that turned up a gun as well as a substance that was believed to be crack cocaine. The Sumter Police Department, a Sumter County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit and South Carolina Probation, Parole and Pardon Service found their way to the man’s home. After obtaining a search warrant, they took the man into custody. He faces several charges including possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and failing to stop for the police lights and siren.
Individuals who are charged with drug possession or any other crime could face serious consequences if convicted. A conviction could result in a person spending time in jail or prison in addition to paying a fine or facing other penalties. An attorney may be able to take steps to help a person obtain a favorable outcome in a drug case. For instance, it may be possible to ask for evidence to be suppressed or otherwise ruled inadmissible.
If successful, an individual might have some or all charges dropped. This may result in a defendant avoiding some or all penalties related to the charges he or she faces. A plea deal may help a person avoid jail in favor of probation or a suspended sentence. If a sentence is suspended, there may be conditions imposed such as avoiding further legal issues.