Missouri man stopped for poor driving faces drug charges

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A man driving home to Missouri is facing drug charges for allegedly trafficking marijuana.

While driving to Missouri authorities reportedly pulled the man over for driving erratically and other traffic violations. Authorities began to ask him questions, which apparently led officers to suspect the man was driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

After arresting the man and searching his vehicle officers allegedly found about a pound of marijuana. The man is now charged with possessing over three ounces of marijuana, possessing a schedule II controlled substance and trafficking a controlled substance.

The man could face a combined eight years behind bars for both the trafficking and possession charge. The court set the man’s bond at $25,000.

Drug charges can change a person’s life, but obtaining an aggressive and strong defense can help to mitigate any potential consequences. An experienced attorney can review the case and identify potential issues for clarification, such as whether the officers followed protocol in initiating the stop, arresting the accused and searching the vehicle. All of these are potential areas of discussion should the case go to trial.

In addition, a strong defense attorney is often able to negotiate a significant reduction in the penalties for an alleged crime. For first time drug offenders, the possibility of negotiating a reduced penalty may be even more likely.

No matter the situation, everyone is entitled to a strong legal defense and certain legal rights. A strong advocate will not only do whatever it takes to protect those rights, they will also work to achieve the best possible outcome under the given circumstances.

Source: Shoshone News Press, “Missouri Man To Face Drug Charges,” Zak Failla, Feb. 20, 2012