Two people could be facing serious jail or prison sentences if they are convicted of drug crimes following a traffic stop early last week. The two were in the same car, when a police officer pulled them over for an equipment violation.
It isn't clear what exactly the violation was that resulted in the initial traffic stop in New Jersey. However, after the officer approached the vehicle, reports indicate that the officer said he saw marijuana and drug paraphernalia in plain view. Both of the men were charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The driver of the vehicle will also face charges of controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicles, maintenance of lamps, failure to exhibit documents and uninsured motor vehicle.
These charges can all add up to a lengthy jail sentence, and a criminal record that can follow a person for years to come. When someone is arrested, they might be wise to speak with an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney before speaking with authorities. Anything that someone says or does during an arrest could come back to be used against them at trial. This can be very convincing evidence and might lead to a conviction.
An attorney can help the person who is arrested understand their rights and ensure they have a fair trial. They can work through questioning by authorities and advise the accused of what questions they should or should not answer. It is up to authorities to prove that a person is guilty of a crime and a person shouldn't be forced to incriminate themselves.
Source: New Jersey Herald, "Pair arrested on drug charges," Oct. 1, 2013