Understanding your rights can be a key in upholding your innocence after an arrest. People in New Jersey sometimes face arrests under questionable circumstances. They might be taken to a police station and questioned by authorities. Many times, what a person tells the authorities can be used against the person at trial.
A man was arrested Saturday in New Jersey for drug paraphernalia and marijuana possession. These charges can result in jail time and may harm a person's reputation. The man was allegedly speaking with an officer, who then located the drugs and paraphernalia in the man's house. According to reports, the man may have also had a warrant for his arrest.
Sometimes people aren't aware of arrest warrants that may have been issued, and they don't understand what rights they have with letting an officer into their house or opening a door for them. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help a person evaluate the charges they are facing and make sure their rights weren't violated at any point in the investigation or arrest.
If a person's rights were violated, some evidence may be inadmissible in court, or the charges might be reduced or dropped. It might be important for a person to form a rigorous defense against charges such as drug possession, because they could lead to difficulty finding a job in the future or denied housing in some facilities. No matter what criminal charges a person might be faced with, understanding one's rights might be the first step toward clearing their name of wrongdoing.
Source: New Jersey Herald, "Man arrested on drug charges," Feb. 11, 2013
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