It was late. You were in a rush to get home and were pulled over for speeding. You know the drill: be polite, explain your actions before reaching into a glove compartment, remain calm. After you provide your license and registration, though, the officer demands your cell phone. You don't want trouble, but you don't want some stranger peering through your photos and messages. What are your options?
If your home, car or premises has been searched by law enforcement in Tennessee, you may be wondering whether that search was actually allowed by law.
The law behind "stop and frisk" can be particularly important for those who have been charged with any type of drug offense.
Many people are familiar with a search warrant, a signed court order by a judge that allows police to lawfully search a certain place to look for certain items.
Last week we discussed how Memphis residents who have been convicted of drug crimes can face tough penalties. Although drug crimes are fairly common in Memphis, they carry some stiff penalties depending on the type of drug.
In a recent blog, the topic of search and seizure was discussed. Specifically, how it relates to drug charges. Drug crimes are common in Memphis. Many of these crimes are brought to the attention of authorities because of a search and seizure.
Drug crimes in Memphis are common, and those who are convicted could endure serious penalties for the charges they face. Often, a search and seizure by authorities leads to the drug charges. But an illegal search and seizure can make it difficult or impossible for prosecutors to convict a defendant. What is an illegal search and seizure?
Drug charges in Memphis can be serious. Those who are convicted of drug possession and drug trafficking can face large fines and jail time. Public perception of those who are convicted of drug crimes is negative. Sometimes police make mistakes and people can be wrongly accused of drug crimes. It can be important to have the details regarding the investigation and subsequent arrest to make sure there was nothing illegally done by law enforcement.
Drug crimes and drug charges in Memphis carry serious consequences for those who are accused. In addition to legal consequences, just being arrested and not even convicted can be detrimental for a person's reputation. The public may already believe the defendant is guilty even though they don't know anything about the case. This can be just as damaging as the charge itself.