Police in Panther, West Virginia, say that they were led on a brief car chase on Route 1/2 on Feb. 4. According to authorities, the driver of the vehicle was a 59-year-old man, and a 63-year-old man was a passenger in the vehicle. The passenger reportedly was in possession of prescription drugs although he did not have a prescription for them.
The passenger was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy. Police say that the driver of the vehicle, who allegedly was under the influence of prescription medication, was charged with DUI, fleeing while DUI and possession with intent to deliver. Both men were taken to the McDowell County holding unit prior to being taken to Southwestern Regional Jail. After seeing a magistrate, the driver had his bail set at $45,000 while the passenger had his bail set at $6,000.
A criminal defense attorney may be able to help those who are facing drug charges. Charges such as being in possession of a controlled substance or intent to deliver could carry serious penalties. An attorney may be able to use a variety of strategies to help a client who has received those charges avoid jail time. One potential strategy cold be to negotiate a plea agreement, which could result in a suspended or reduced sentence.
In the case of illegal drug possession or distribution charges, a criminal defense attorney can in some cases argue that certain evidence should be suppressed. This may happen if evidence was obtained illegally or in cases where the proper chain of custody may not have been observed.
Source: WVNSTV.com, "Two men arrested in Panther, WV on drug charges", Douglas Fritz, Feb. 6, 2015