While most people in the United States are aware that they have multiple rights that are protected by the U.S. Constitution, they may not be completely aware of the variety of different protections that the document provides. For example, it protects people in the country from unreasonable searches and seizures. One California man may be wondering if his rights were violated now that he faces drug charges stemming from a traffic stop.
Police reports indicate that a traffic stop was conducted by officers with the California Multi-jurisdictional Methamphetamine Task Force. While it is unclear what prompted the stop, officers claim that they believed that the man was under the influence of drugs. As a result, the man was arrested.
A search of the car allegedly resulted in the discovery of what police believe is methamphetamine and cocaine. Following his arrest, police executed a search warrant on the man's house. Officers claim that they discovered several guns and ammunition, items they claim he cannot legally have due to previous criminal convictions.
If it is determined that a search was conducted without probable cause, then any evidence obtained in that search may be deemed inadmissible. Because the average person facing drug charges in California likely has little or no legal training, they may have difficulty recognizing and responding to unlawful treatment, prompting many to seek an attorney to help them evaluate their case. In all cases, a person is presumed innocent until and unless prosecutors provide sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, making it especially important to carefully examine how all evidence against a defendant was obtained.
Source: bakersfield.com, "Man arrested on drug and weapons charges after traffic stop, search", Jan. 20, 2017