Salt Lake City Traffic Stop Drug Busts
In the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution, the founding fathers established protection against unreasonable search and seizure as a basic American right. Essentially, this means that the police or other law enforcement officials may not search your person or property without a reasonable suspicion that you have committed a crime. In the effort to combat drug crimes in the United States, police have been granted certain leeway regarding when and where they may search a suspect’s person, home or vehicle for drugs. But oftentimes, police still overstep their boundaries. For example, when the police target drivers specifically because of out-of-state plates, they may well be violating the constitutional rights of those drivers. At the Law Offices of Carl N. Anderson, III, PLLC, we understand the laws surrounding traffic stop drug busts and can advise our clients accordingly.
What to remember during a traffic stop drug bust
In order to search a suspect, a police officer must have a reasonable and articulated suspicion that a person is either committing or has committed a crime. In other words, a police officer cannot stop you just because he or she feels like it, and the officer cannot stop you simply because your plates are from a different state. You may, of course, be legally stopped if you run a red light, speed or have a broken taillight.
Once you are pulled over, the police still may not search your vehicle for contraband unless they have a reasonable suspicion that you carry contraband. The officer does have the right to question you about suspected drug activity, however. Sometimes the officer may simply happen to have a drug-sniffing dog and may attempt to use that as a reason to search your vehicle.
Remember, though, that if the police do not arrest you, you are under no obligation to answer their questions. Unless they make it clear that you are being placed under custody, respectfully request to be dismissed.
Salt Lake City attorneys with unusual experience handling traffic stop drug busts
Carl N. Anderson, III spent his formative years as a County Attorney in Nebraska, where authorities, as in other areas, frequently stop drivers with little or no real cause in order to reduce drug trafficking. He understands the ins and outs of the laws as they relate to this topic. He also understands the mistakes police make and the corners prosecutors sometimes cut in these cases. And he can help you fight for your constitutional rights.
A Salt Lake City lawyer protecting your rights
Carl N. Anderson, III possesses years of experience fighting traffic stop drug busts. He is licensed to practice in Utah, Colorado and Nebraska. Arrange a free consultation today. Contact the Law Offices of Carl N. Anderson, III, PLLC online or at 801-285-0303.
Carl N. Anderson, III helps clients across three states battle criminal charges every day of his professional life. Do not entrust your freedoms and rights to anyone less trustworthy or knowledgeable than Carl N. Anderson, III. The sooner you get help, the sooner your defense can begin. Contact the Law Offices of Carl N. Anderson, III, PLLC online or at 801-285-0303 to arrange a free consultation.