Whenever police pull over a vehicle on the road, the end result may be
far from the reason for the initial stop. Police may be able to search
a vehicle and use what they find against a person as they file criminal
charges, depending on very specific procedures and reasoning for a search.
After a recent traffic stop, a man in Indiana is now facing drug charges
even though suspicion of
drug crimes was not the reason for pulling over his vehicle in the first place.
The 36-year-old was pulled over by police because there were warrants against
him. The warrants related to a failure to appear in court, although there
was no report as to why the man was supposed to appear in court. Police
then searched the man's vehicle.
Inside, police say they found a variety of drugs. They sent the materials
away for further testing at a lab in Indianapolis. Initial tests identified
the drugs as possibly being suboxone and methamphetamine. Unspecified
marijuana paraphernalia was also seized. The man now faces possession
charges and was being held in the county jail on bond.
Police searches that result in charges related to alleged drug crimes can
and often are contested in court. Many people may not be aware of their
rights if pulled over by police for any given reason and then confronted
with a request to search the car. In Indiana, anyone pulled over and searched
and then charged with a crime related to that search may benefit from
understanding the legality of search and seizure situations.