Imagine that while driving your car, you are stopped by the police for having an expired tag or for speeding. The officer approaches and tells you the reason for your stop. He / she then asks for your license, registration and insurance card.
The officer then asks you to step out of the car. After you do, you’re patted down and drugs, a gun or other contraband are found on you. The officer then searches your car and finds more of the same. You’re then arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, drug trafficking or as a felon in possession of a firearm. What can you do? The answer in short: sometimes plenty.
The above is a common scenario for what should otherwise be a simple, routine traffic stop where you’re issued a ticket and then go on your way. Fortunately, a skilled and knowledgeable criminal attorney can oftentimes not only lessen the effects of this incident on you, but perhaps obtain reduced charges or even an outright dismissal of your charges. Continue reading