A man was arrested earlier this week after police pulled him over for speeding. The incident happened in Newton, where police thought they smelled marijuana in the vehicle. After a search of the car, they police allege the man had a small amount of marijuana in his possession. He was then charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle.
These charges alone could result in consequences for the person. Sometimes if employer find out about a person facing criminal charges, the person could lose their job. If they are convicted, they might also be subject to time in jail and fines.
If a person has custody of their children, they could lose that custody if they are arrested or convicted of a crime. This could be one of the most severe indirect consequences of a criminal conviction.
Speaking with an experienced criminal defense attorney after an arrest might be a wise decision. They can help the person understand their rights and work through the legal process with that person.
Sometimes police will arrest a person with very little evidence, and then work to gather evidence or question the person in hopes that they will provide incriminating information. An attorney can be with a person during questioning to help ensure that they don't say anything that could lead to their conviction. It is up to authorities to gather enough evidence to pursue charges, and a person has a right not to make incriminating statements.
Source: New Jersey Herald, "Speeding results in drug arrest," July 30, 2013