Emergency personnel received a triple surprise when they arrived at the scene of a vehicular accident in Port St. Lucie, Fla., finding inside the damaged car an unconscious couple, an infant and some drug paraphernalia. Facing multiple criminal charges, the couple will certainly require legal representation, the type available from a qualified Port St. Lucie criminal defense attorney.
The vehicle reportedly ran through a stop sign at a major intersection before smashing into a pole. The woman behind its steering wheel was found to have a syringe in her arm and the man, who was slumped over in the back seat, was in close proximity to another syringe. The infant was found in a car seat, apparently not having been harmed in the crash. He would later be claimed by another relative.
The couple was taken to St. Lucie Medical Center, where police found the man to be in possession a bottle of pills and a pipe that was believed to be used for smoking drugs. Both he and his partner were charged with child neglect and possession of drug paraphernalia, and he has also been charged with the possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and violation of a probation warrant.
This would appear to be a clear-cut case, but drug charges are not always so obvious. The fact that a person is found in a car or house where drugs were present is not an automatic indication of guilt. A Port St. Lucie drug arrest attorney may challenge the search and seizure methods used by police, the warrants used to authorize a search and even such “proximity” issues. In the event that the charges are taken to court, a lawyer will serve as the defendant’s representative throughout the legal process, arguing the case before a jury or working out a plea bargain if necessary.
The couple in Port St. Lucie may be in a serious legal jam, but your drug possession charge does not have to end with a conviction and jail time. However, you will need the services of a Port St. Lucie drug arrest attorney to ensure your fair treatment under the law. If you or someone you know is in such trouble, the right move is to contact the Law Office of Jeffrey H. Garland at 772-489-2200.