Staying Silent While the Police Examine Your Drugs Is Better Than Making a Fool of Yourself
When you see a police cruiser flashing its blue lights behind you, you might assume that you are toast. The location of your drugs might be so obvious to you that you cannot take your eyes off of it, but at least for now, the cops don’t know that the drugs are there. Sometimes police are so sure that you have drugs that they will find every excuse to turn every compartment of your car inside out in search of them. You have the right not to consent to a search of your vehicle. If the police search your car anyway, and if they find drugs, there is still a chance to argue in court that the evidence is inadmissible. In other words, no matter how big a stash of drugs the police find, and no matter the circumstances in which they find the drugs, you, like all defendants in criminal cases, are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. What you should not do is engage in outrageous antics to distract the police from their search. It didn’t work when you were four years old and trying to distract your parents from finding out that you stole the cookies from the cookie jar, and it doesn’t work now. Instead, you should exercise your right to remain silent and your right to due process of law, and you should contact a Florida drug offenses attorney.
Outlandish Behavior at a Traffic Stop Doesn’t Prove That You Are Guilty, but It Does Earn You a Spot in the Florida Man Hall of Fame
When local news sites in Florida describe a defendant in a drug case as “Florida man,” they are referring to the oddness of the details of the case and not merely that the courts of Florida have jurisdiction over it. In August 2023, police in Flagler County conducted a traffic stop, and Christopher Heath, the driver of the car, was understandably afraid. Heath has previous convictions on his record, including for burglary, grand theft, and domestic violence, making it unlikely that a drug possession case could get him sent to drug court, where the charges would eventually be dismissed.
Heath allegedly told the officers that he thought he was having a heart attack, but he was so agitated that medical personnel were unable to examine him at the scene. They sent him to a hospital to be examined, but not before arresting him. It turned out that Heath did not have a heart attack, and he was transported to jail, where his bond was set at $1,000. Police found a prescription bottle full of oil that tested positive for THC and fentanyl. As the case is still pending, Heath is presumed innocent, but now his story appears in Florida Man news archives, unlike if he had simply remained silent.
Contact FL Drug Defense Group About Drug Possession Cases
A Central Florida criminal defense lawyer can help you if you are facing criminal charges for drug possession as a result of a traffic stop. Contact FL Drug Defense Group in Orlando, Florida to discuss your case.