During a traffic stop in Sarasota and across Florida, those who are in the vehicle could find themselves facing various charges depending on what law enforcement finds. If there are drugs, weapons and other illegal items, it will result in an arrest. Although drugs and gun charges carry serious consequences if there is a conviction, there are multiple avenues where the accused can lodge a defense and possibly achieve a favorable resolution. No matter the charges, it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
Law enforcement stopped a vehicle and found drugs and a gun. The incident occurred in the early morning hours at approximately 3:30 a.m. The vehicle was going 61 mph - 16 mph above the speed limit. Its high beam headlights were also on. When the officers investigated, they smelled marijuana. The men were asked to get out of the vehicle. The two men in the vehicle were ages 21 and 20. Officers stated they found cocaine, marijuana and a handgun. There was ammunition in the glove compartment. Also in the vehicle was a scale and plastic bags.
The 21-year-old is confronted with charges of possessing a firearm and possessing ammunition as a convicted felon, possession and intent to sell marijuana, possessing cocaine and possessing greater than 20 grams of marijuana. The felony conviction was from 2016. The 20-year-old is charged with misdemeanors for not having a valid driver license and possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana.
Drug charges can lead to long prison sentences and hefty fines. When gun charges are added to the allegations and there was a felony conviction in the past, it can be a life-changing event. There might be alternatives to reduce charges or to secure a plea bargain. The traffic stop and investigation could have violated the person's rights making some or all the evidence inadmissible. In any situation, regardless of the allegations and the seriousness, it is vital to plan a defense.
Two young men are dealing with serious charges related to drugs and weapons. It is crucial for them to consider their options. Anyone who is arrested for drug crimes should be cognizant of their rights and can call a law firm that can help them to formulate a defense and do so immediately.