While being involved in a traffic stop can be stressful, it might result in little more than a warning or a monetary fine. However, should authorities feel as though the occupants of a vehicle are exhibiting suspicious behavior, they may be inclined to further investigate the matter. Two individuals are facing drug charges after one man allegedly fled the scene of a recent traffic stop on foot in West Virginia.
Law enforcement agents claim that the traffic stop was initiated after officers encountered a driver that was operating a vehicle with burnt-out taillights. After initiating the stop, police claim that the driver fled the scene on foot and that a passenger refused to provide them with the man's name. For reasons unspecified, authorities proceeded to perform a search of the vehicle, which allegedly unearthed around 10 grams of methamphetamine, and the passenger was taken into custody.
Police claim to have discovered the identity of the driver and placed him under arrest soon thereafter. Both stand accused of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and the consequences for a conviction for similar charges are severe. According to reports, both men remain in custody while awaiting future court proceedings.
Individuals who stand accused of drug charges may lack the necessary legal knowledge to know how best to respond to the situation. When facing similar charges, a person could benefit from seeking guidance from a defense attorney in the initial stages of the process. An attorney can work toward protecting the legal rights of a client in West Virginia and assist him or her in pursuing the best outcome possible given the circumstances.
Source: wvnews.com, "Two men face charges in Barbour County after police found methamphetamine in their vehicle", Matt Samples, May 15, 2018