For many people, traffic stops are not simple situations to endure. In many cases, officers stop a vehicle for what could be a minor violation, but during the stop, officers may feel that something more serious is taking place. If officers suspect that a driver has illegal substances within the vehicle, further investigation could lead to drug charges.
This type of ordeal recently affected one man in Illinois. According to reports, officers conducted a traffic stop involving the man due to an unspecified equipment violation. After approaching the vehicle, one officer allegedly detected an odor of marijuana. As a result, the officer had a K-9 officer approach the vehicle, and the K-9 purportedly signaled the presence of illegal substances.
Officers then searched the man’s vehicle, and they reportedly found 84 grams of cannabis and a loaded firearm. It was noted that the man did not have a concealed-carry license or a firearm owner’s identification card. The situation resulted in the man being taken into custody, and he is currently facing charges for unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and possession of a firearm without a FOID card.
Drug charges and other serious allegations can be intimidating to face, but it is important to remember that this Illinois man and others in similar predicaments have legal rights. Many people do not fully understand charges brought against them, which is why it is important to gain reliable and accurate information. Having this information could help accused parties determine their best criminal defense options.