Routine Traffic Stop Leads to Felony Charge for Illinois Man
An Illinois driver is facing a serious felony charge after what law enforcement officers considered to be a routine traffic stop. In the course of the traffic stop, a police dog indicated that there could be drugs in the car. As a result of an investigation into the situation, police filed a felony charge for possession of the drug methamphetamine against the car’s driver.
The driver’s arrest apparently gave police enough probable cause to allow them to search an apartment where it was reported that they found drug-related items. The items they found included materials that could be used in the production of methamphetamine, items considered paraphernalia and other items thought to be used in the delivery of drugs. While it is not immediately clear why police searched this particular apartment, the search did not only result in evidence but also in the arrest of another man who was in the residence. The second man is also facing various drug-related charges.
Drug charges can carry severe penalties if either man is convicted. A conviction on a felony charge could lead to jail time and other possible consequences. The Illinois men have not yet been convicted of any charges and, while it is not known if they have already done so, they have the right to seek legal counsel in order to build acriminal defense.
Defense plans will differ on a case-by-case basis. It may be appropriate to fight a felony charge, especially if there are problems with the prosecution’s case. In this case, there could be issues with police procedure or the original traffic stop. Depending on the circumstances of the case, it could be appropriate to seek a plea deal in order to secure the lowest possible fines and penalties. Regardless of the defense plan chosen, the main goal will be to protect a defendant’s rights under Illinois law.
Source: wqad.com, “Traffic stop leads to Carroll County meth bust“, Shellie Nelson, Dec. 17, 2014
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