Two men were recently taken into custody in Illinois for drug-related crimes. Their arrests on drug charges took place at a truck stop. Fortunately, those who face drug charges are presumed innocent until and unless proved guilty in a court of law.
In the recent case involving drug charges, the two men were apparently in a recreational vehicle near a travel stop at about 10 a.m. Police said that is when a dog used to detect drugs indicated that it had detected something. Police then approached the men’s vehicle.
The driver of the motor vehicle allowed police to search the automobile. Police allegedly ended up discovering 1,000 pounds of the drug marijuana. The men, ages 21 and 43, currently face drug charges for cannabis trafficking. The younger man has no previous arrests, whereas the older man has been arrested two other times on minor charges.
The men have the right to proceed to trial to fight their drug charges vigorously. However, instead of going to trial, they may seek to negotiate a plea deal with prosecutors, which may lead to lighter charges and thus more lenient sentences compared with what they may receive if found guilty at trial. Seeking a plea deal may make sense if the weight of the prosecution’s evidence appears strong. In either case, an attorney will push for the most personally favorable outcome for the client given the circumstances surrounding the criminal case. In addition, the attorney’s aim is to make sure that the client’s rights are not violated at any point of the criminal proceedings.
Source: chron.com, “Houston men arrested in Illinois for allegedly trafficking 1,000 pounds of marijuana“, Keri Blakinger, Jan. 1, 2018