Law enforcement in Missouri generally does its best to keep citizens safe. However, this doesn’t mean that officers are above reproach. Many cases seem cut and dried when looking at purported evidence, but when legal professionals take a closer look, there is often more to the story. This makes a comprehensive criminal defense a necessity. This could be the case in the recent arrest of a Missouri man whom authorities have charged with multiple felonies.
Police say that the man was arrested after a traffic stop last month. Officers allege that the man was driving without a light on his license plate and without registration. When the man was pulled over, an officer claimed that he saw a glass pipe in the lap of the accused. The officer claimed that when he searched the accused, after removing him from the vehicle, he found the accused had 61 grams of methamphetamine on his person. The officer also alleged that the accused put the meth back into his pants after the officer had placed the drugs on the hood of the patrol car and resumed searching the accused.
Officers claim that the accused had to be physically subdued and that they were able to obtain all of the drugs after taking the accused to a hospital for medical attention. The accused has been charged with second-degree drug trafficking, first-degree property damage, resisting arrest and felony evidence tampering. Authorities also claim that this individual has had more than one run-in with law enforcement.
No matter what this man’s prior record may be, every person in this country has the right to a thorough criminal defense. Drug charges can carry serious consequences in the state of Missouri, including jail time, fines and/or probation. A conviction can affect multiple parts of a person’s life, whether the person is actually guilty of the offense or not. Therefore, it is imperative that those accused know the full breadth of their legal rights.