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Man facing drug and drunk driving charges after traffic stop

On Sept. 16, a man was charged with drug and drunk driving offenses following a New York traffic stop. The accused man was identified as a 27-year-old man from Connecticut.

Troopers said they saw a vehicle leaving its designated lane in an unsafe manner and crossing hazardous markings in Putnam Country. They executed a traffic stop on the vehicle. While they were talking to the driver, the troopers said they saw what looked like crack cocaine sitting in the vehicle. The man also appeared to be intoxicated. When the vehicle was searched, the troopers recovered 15 small bags of crack cocaine and another 17 small bags of cocaine.

He was detained and charged with a number of offenses, including criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, driving while intoxicated and driving without a valid license. He was taken to the Town of Southeast Justice Court where he was arraigned on the charges. His cash bail was set at $50,000.

When individuals are facing drunk driving charges, they can either accept a plea deal or go to trial to fight the charges. A criminal law attorney may go over the case and help determine what options an accused person has when it comes to negotiating a lighter sentence or asserting valid defenses. In some cases, for example, it may be evident in the police report that the authorities did not have the necessary reasonable suspicion to stop the person's vehicle in the first place, meaning the attorney could potentially have the evidence suppressed. In other cases, the authorities may have violated the person's rights, in which case the charges may be dismissed.

Source: Danbury Patch, "Danbury Man Faces Drug, DWI Charges in New York", Lanning Taliaferro, Sept. 19, 2017

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