Being arrested and charged with a crime is usually a damaging and humiliating experience. In North Carolina and elsewhere, drug-related charges are typically more serious offenses. Incarceration, hefty fines and irreparable damage to reputations are just a few consequences faced by many of those convicted of drug charges. However, being charged with a criminal offense in and of itself is not proof of anything.
Driver taken into custody
Recently, a man was arrested in Currituck County after police stopped him and allegedly located narcotics in his vehicle. The incident happened at night near the 2300 block of Caratoke Highway. Reportedly, itt began when a Currituck County Patrol Deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding.
After stopping the vehicle, police reports indicate that the officer had probable cause to search the vehicle. Allegedly, the deputy found narcotics and a firearm in the vehicle. Authorities said the officer also located narcotics in the possession of the driver after detaining him. The man was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, felony possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, felony maintain vehicle among other charges.
Those accused have rights
Even though this man was arrested and charged, he is presumed innocent until, and only if, proven guilty in court and beyond a reasonable doubt. In North Carolina, those who face drug charges have certain rights and options that may help them to achieve a favorable outcome. By speaking with an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney, those accused can obtain much-needed guidance while ensuring the protection of their personal rights.