When a police officer stops a motor vehicle during a traffic or speeding violation, it is important for the driver to remain calm and to be respectful with the officer. Suspicious activity and behavior of the driver or passengers inside the car may provide the officer probable cause to search the vehicle. Although the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution protects citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures, the motor vehicle has been a particular area of concern regarding the constitutionality of officers' searches and the requirements for probable cause.
The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that two men were pulled over for a tinted window violation and upon approach the officer smelled marijuana in the car. The suspects consented to a search which revealed $3,777.00 and what officers claim are drug-packing materials, or drug paraphernalia. Police said that drug dogs detected traces of controlled substances on the money and packaging materials. Charges will be filed pending laboratory results.
If you have been pulled over by the police and if you have reason to believe that their search of your vehicle and personal effects inside the vehicle was without probable cause, then you need to defend your legal rights! Whether in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Honesdale, Tunkhannock or Montrose, the first step in combating an unlawful search is to contact an experienced Scranton criminal defense attorney. An experienced Scranton criminal defense lawyer will defend your individual liberty and will fight to have unlawfully seized evidence deemed inadmissible in a possible criminal prosecution.
Don't leave your rights and freedom in the hands of the legal system. Contact an experienced Scranton lawyer at Rogan Law today!