Police need to have a valid reason to pull over an individual’s vehicle. If they do pull over a vehicle and believe there is reason to suspect criminal activity, they may seek to search the vehicle and use any findings as evidence against the people inside. Recently in New Jersey, police pulled over a vehicle, and the occupants now face drug charges as a result.
The car was observed being driven in what was reported to be a suspicious manner. Police pulled the vehicle over and discovered there was a 19-year-old driver and a 17-year-old passenger. The officer claimed to have smelled the scent of burned marijuana.
A search of the vehicle led to the alleged discovery of marijuana, a marijuana pipe and beer. The officer also searched the area where the car was observed driving and discovered marijuana — three bags to be exact, and one occupant is accused of having thrown it out of the car. The occupants have been charged with a variety of criminal offenses, including possession of marijuana, possession of alcohol by a minor, an open container in the vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The 17-year-old and the 19-year-old facing drug charges may face different types of possible penalties due to the fact that one is a juvenile. In New Jersey and elsewhere, a juvenile is treated differently in the criminal court system compared to an adult. Those in New Jersey facing any level of drug charges should be fully aware of their rights and what they may face after being charged.
Source: www.northjersey.com, “Routine police stop in Little Falls leads drug arrest”, , July 2, 2014