Being involved in narcotic-related offenses can lead to some serious legal challenges for the accused. The charges that the accused may face can range from misdemeanors to felonies, and the penalties too can range from fines to incarceration of several years. However, as justice takes its course in drug-related matters, it is important to make sure that the rights of the accused are protected against any possible bias in the hand of law enforcement agencies, the legal system and also the society.
In a recent incident, a couple was arrested on Interstate 69, about 100 miles north of Indianapolis. According to officers of the Indiana State Police, the car in which they were traveling was pulled over for speeding. When the officer was speaking with the 40-year-old woman who was driving the car, he noticed certain speech patterns that are associated with methamphetamine use. This led the officers to conduct a search. The officers recovered numerous contraband items, including drugs and drug paraphernalia.
In addition to the woman, her 46-year-old husband, her 20-year-old daughter and her 6-year-old son were also in the car. Police arrested the man and the woman and let their daughter, who was sober, to proceed with the journey along with the child. The man and the woman were charged with several misdemeanors and felonies for drug offenses, impaired driving offenses and a child negligence offense.
As was mentioned earlier, whenever someone is facing drug charges, it becomes necessary for them to make sure that their rights are protected. For that, the first and most important step is to seek legal counsel so as to make sure that they are treated properly while in custody. In addition, the timely legal intervention may help the accused to cope with the pressures of facing drug charges much better than when they have to face it alone. After all, the social stigma often hurts more than the actual punishment.