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Felony trafficking charges filed after search of man's car

Being charged with trafficking drugs can be quite serious in North Carolina. Depending on the amount that is found to be in a person's possession, penalties can range from a fine to jail time. It is important for people to realize however, that drug charges do not need to result in lengthy, excessive punishments.

Very often, a person is charged with drug possession or drug trafficking as a result of an otherwise routine traffic stop. It is common practice for law enforcement officials to add on many charges in the hopes that a person will plead guilty to at least some of them. This is important because it should remind people that they still have rights, even in situations when they are suspected of criminal activity.

For example, a person can refuse to consent to a search of his or her car. During a routine traffic stop, there may be no legal reason for an officer to search a car. However, if the police believe there is evidence of a crime in a car, he or she may search without consent. It can prevent a number of charges if a person can calmly and politely refuse to consent to a search.

Recently, a Charlotte man was pulled over for a routine traffic violation. When police asked if they could search his car, the man allegedly consented. During the search, the officer found two boxes that contained a total of 17 pounds of marijuana. He was subsequently charged with felony trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia, among other charges.

Because the amount of marijuana that was found was over 1.5 ounces, it resulted in the felony possession and trafficking charges. If it would have been less than 1.5 ounces, there may have only been minimal fines or charges. Additionally, the man may have been able to avoid the charges if he had refused to consent with a search of his car. It is unknown if the man actually did consent to the search or if the search was executed properly or not. With the help of an attorney, a person who is facing drug charges would be able to challenge these factors in the hopes of minimizing punishments.

Source: WFMY, "Man Charged With Trafficking After 17 Lbs Of Pot Found," Feb. 10, 2012

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