Flashing lights in the rear view mirror can send waves of panic through an Illinois driver. Questions of what have I done or how fast was I going typically rush through the mind. The driver often looks around to make sure that nothing questionable is lying around and then begins to reach for the necessary documents that the officer is likely to request. Then, if items are present which could lead to drug charges, the driver has even more reason to be concerned.
In one recent instance, an Illinois law enforcement officer noticed a driver allegedly commit a traffic violation. As a result of this, the officer decided to stop the vehicle to determine why the apparent violation had been committed. The driver, a 61-year-old male, complied with the officer’s signal to stop.
Upon reaching the vehicle, the officer then decided that probable cause was present, thus allowing him to search the vehicle. This search led to the alleged discovery of over 50 pounds of cannabis. The driver was arrested and now faces a variety of criminal charges, including drug trafficking.
Prior to appearing before a judge in an Illinois court, the individual in a situation such as this one will want to work with an experienced defense team. The circumstances surrounding the initial decision to stop the vehicle and the reasons for asserting probable cause being present thus allowing a search of the vehicle without a warrant will need to be analyzed. Drug charges can be costly in terms of both time and money. The driver will want to answer the charges utilizing the best possible defense.