Police in a Chicago suburb stopped a vehicle on April 3 after the driver failed to obey a traffic light. An officer said that the driver and a passenger were making suspicious movements and that the driver was putting his hands in his pockets after exiting the vehicle. It was discovered that the 27-year-old male driver had heroin in his possession along with drug paraphernalia.
The passenger was a 35-year-old woman who was taken into custody at the scene along with the driver. Heroin was later discovered in the pocket of her sweatshirt. Both were charged with possession of a controlled substance while the female was also charged with being in possession of drug paraphernalia. It was revealed that the man also had multiple outstanding charges in previous cases. He was ordered held without bond while the female was released on a $10,000 bond.
An individual who faces drug possession charges could face serious penalties if convicted. Those penalties could make it difficult to find work or otherwise live a normal life. In some cases, individuals who are convicted on drug charges could spend years in prison. Therefore, it can be beneficial to have legal counsel help to dispute the charge and work to obtain a favorable outcome in such a matter.
An attorney may cast doubt on physical evidence or witness testimony used to charge a person. It may also be possible to assert that a person was not in possession of a controlled substance or that there was no intent to do so. Another defense may be that the traffic stop itself was conducted without the requisite reasonable suspicion.