New York state resident slapped with drug paraphernalia charge

A 21-year-old man is facing numerous charges after a recent traffic stop on an interstate highway in Allegany County. Police say the New York state resident was allegedly operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs when stopped for a vehicle and traffic violation. During the investigation, drug paraphernalia was apparently found in the vehicle along with brass knuckles – illegal in New York state. According to the Sheriff's office, the suspect was stopped by the STOP DWI Unit.

The suspect was charged with DWAI-drugs and criminal possession of a weapon, fourth degree. According to a police certified drug recognition expert, the suspect was under the influence of a drug that affected his central nervous system, an analgesic and cannabis and that he could not safely operate a motor vehicle. DWAI and weapons possession charges are serious criminal offences that require the advice and guidance of an attorney.

Circumstances of clients' arrests will be meticulously looked over by attorneys to make sure that police had probable cause for making an arrest. An attorney will also earmark any sources of information used to get evidence against a client. He or she will also work to pursue suppression.

During his or her defence, an attorney will make sure clients are properly notified of their rights prior to making any statements to police. Those charged with drug offences in New York, including the possession of drug paraphernalia, should enlist an attorney experienced in criminal law. He or she will pay careful attention to how charges were laid and how any drugs and/or drug paraphernalia were uncovered and packaged for evidence.

Source: thelcn.com, "Allegany County man charged with DWAI, weapons possession", Aug. 11, 2017

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