Some criminal allegations can snowball into an array of charges faced by the accused. In a routine traffic stop, law enforcement might conduct a search. Evidence resulting from this search could result in additional charges, such as drug charges.
Being charged with a crime can be overwhelming. It is important to understand your situation, your legal rights and what defense options are available to you.
According to recent reports, a Michigan man was arrested and faces drug charges after he allegedly led police on a car chase that began in Lansing and ended in Portland.
Police asserted that they were pursuing an SUV that was pulling a trailer after receiving reports that said a kidnapping suspect and victim were in the vehicle.
Police said the motorist failed to stop and continued traveling west. The 38-year-old was later arrested when he finally pulled over and stopped his vehicle.
While the kidnapping reports were later found to be false, the motorist was charged with fleeing and eluding police along with possession of methamphetamine. He also faces charges stemming from current warrants.
Asserting a defense
The reports did not indicate how the drugs involved in the arrest were found and seized. Additionally, the quantity involved was not reported. The quantity is relevant to the severity of the charges the defendant will face.
Because an individual is arrested does not mean they are automatically guilty of the charges faced. In fact, all defendants are afforded the right to a defense.
It is imperative that you not only understand the charges against you but also the rights and defense options available to you.