In Illinois and elsewhere, driving at an excessive rate of speed is certainly one way to attract attention. Additionally, texting while driving is another way to attract the attention of law enforcement officers. Yet, when these behaviors are not present, what causes officers to become interested in a particular vehicle and determine that there is reason to stop it? Then, once the vehicle is stopped, what can cause these officers to begin to suspect that drug charges may be warranted?
Recently, a 21-year-old male was stopped and charged with possession of a controlled substance. Officers claim that that they saw the young man attempting to place a substance in a pipe while driving. Upon stopping the vehicle, officers conducted a search and claim to have discovered Clonazepam in a concealed compartment. Reports indicate that the driver stated that the pills were his.
The driver in question was out on bond from a previous drug charge. However, prior to this previous arrest, he had no history of trouble with law enforcement officers. He is now being held on a $100,000 bond.
Questions have been raised regarding how Illinois officers could have seen the driver working with the pipe while driving. In a situation such as this one, the individual will want to work with an experienced team in answering to the various drug charges. This team can review the evidence, ask the important questions, make sure that the individual’s rights are protected and offer guidance on how to best respond to such charges.