What Are My Rights If I Am Pulled Over With Weed In My Car?
When you are pulled over by law enforcement, they have already established probable cause to stop you, which may be unrelated to the fact you possess drugs or are in possession of drug paraphernalia. Reasons may include:
- driving too slowly
- following too closely
- no turn signal
- no brake lights
- broken tail light lens
- unshielded license plate light
- improper tags
- erratic behavior of driver or passengers
Once law enforcement has pulled you over for any one of these reasons, you may be subject to further scrutiny. Although, it is never a good idea to travel with illegal substances in your vehicle, the Fourth Amendment may be on your side when it comes down to unreasonable search and seizure that results in a drug arrest.
Officers need probable cause to search your car. If you make the unfortunate decision to travel with marijuana or drug paraphernalia in plain view, this may provide law enforcement the evidence of illegal activity they need to search your vehicle. If the officers detect the smell of drugs or observe that a driver is impaired, this could also be grounds to initiate a search.
Contact an Illegal Search and Seizure Lawyer
If you have been charged with Wisconsin marijuana possession, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately. Contact the Law Offices of Andrew C. Ladd LLC for help today 262-542-3900 Free Consultation.