Any time a vehicle is stopped and searched by police officers, there are certain protocols that the officers must follow. For example, first and foremost, the search of the vehicle must be legal. Otherwise, any alleged evidence that the officers might find could be inadmissible in court. A man was recently stopped by police officers in Massachusetts, and he was eventually arrested on drug charges.
The events that led the police to stop the man’s Honda Accord and pull the vehicle over are unclear. Nevertheless, the officers claim that he was stopped and pulled over for a motor vehicle violation. Typically, the driver of the vehicle must give his or her consent for the officers to search the vehicle, and it is unclear if the man voiced his consent.
In order for the officers to search the car without consent, they must have probable cause to do so, which is often contested in subsequent criminal proceedings based upon the search. Whether consent was given or not, the vehicle was searched, and the officers claimed to have found drugs. The officers allege that they found a large amount of a Class B substance in the form of pills. He was arrested and charged with trafficking a Class B substance as well as two traffic violations.
Despite the drug charges brought against him, the Massachusetts man retains the legal right to the presumption of innocence, just like all others accused of a crime. Additionally, any evidence that prosecutors may claim to have against him must be proven in court before a conviction is possible. Moreover, during the criminal process, the man will have every opportunity to contest the evidence — as well as the parameters of the vehicle search — in his defense.
Source: abc6.com, “Massachusetts man found with several bags of narcotics“, Jennifer Petracca, June 15, 2014