More than mere possession, drug distribution charges are gravely serious. So serious are the charges, in fact, that those accused of drug distribution can potentially face more jail time than those found guilty of some violent crimes. Because of the severity of the punishments in drug distribution cases, defendants must often do the utmost to defend against such charges. With a strong legal strategy in place, however, it is sometimes possible to get these charges reduced or even dismissed.
A man who was pulled over in Maryland is now facing a drug distribution charge, according to reports. Maryland State Police stopped the car that the man was driving because of an apparently expired license plate. According to the police, the odor of marijuana was detected, giving them probable cause to search the vehicle. 24 baggies of marijuana, each of them individually wrapped, were found by the police officers, according to reports.
Following the discovery, the driver of the vehicle was then taken into custody. According to police, $1,000 was found to be in the man's possession, money that they believe came from drug sales. Police said the county's drug task force received notification and seized the money for forfeiture proceedings. The man is being charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute.
Legal strategies often must be tailored for each individual situation. Sometimes, it is prudent to call to the court's attention the probable cause requirement, which states that in order to search or seize property, police must have adequate reason relating to the suspected crime. Showing that the police lacked probable cause before performing a search and finding evidence could help strengthen a defendant's case.
However, there are many ways in which to defend against drug charges. It is important to be aware of all of one's legal options and rights before making any hasty decisions.
Source: The Star Democrat, "D.C. man faces drug distribution charge," April 11, 2014