A man was recently stopped by police in Ohio and ended up receiving serious charges against him. According to police, drug canines sniffed out a stash of marijuana in the man’s trunk after officials stopped the man. They allegedly found about seven pounds of marijuana, which they estimated to be worth about $32,000. The man was issued felony charges for possession of marijuana.
If this man is convicted of the felony charges against him, he could spend up to five years in jail. He could also be forced to pay a $10,000 fine. Such a time can be overwhelming and terrifying for any person who faces this type of charges. It can be even more traumatic if accused individuals do not know how best to defend themselves against such charges. However, there are ways to prove the innocence of a defendant.
In this case, it is unclear whether the police had established a drunk driving or drug traffic stop and that was why they pulled over this man. If that was not the case, the defense may address whether police had reasonable cause to stop the man. They may also address whose vehicle the man was driving or whether anyone the man knew wished to harm him.
Felony charges require a strong defense in order to prove innocence. Knowing the exact details of what occurred and whether police denied an accused person their rights is crucial. Many details in these cases could be argued in favor of individuals accused of charges in Ohio to get their sentence either waived or shortened. When five years and $10,000 is on the table, each possibility should likely be weighed and examined for the best possible defense.
Source: 10tv.com, “Man Faces Felony Drug Charges After Troopers Seize Nearly $32,000 Worth Of Marijuana,” Feb. 11, 2013