Two people in Pennsylvania are currently facing charges relating to
drug crimes. The general public may automatically consider individuals facing drug
charges to be guilty, but they will remain innocent in the criminal justice
system's viewpoint unless the government can prove that they truly
are guilty. One focus of a criminal defense is to ensure that the defendants
don't have their rights violated during any step of the process.
The drug charges are linked to an incident where the men were stopped at
a certain sobriety checkpoint in August. The men are 26 and 29, police
reported. Thet were stopped a little past midnight.
At that time, police said the men had been high on some type of controlled
substance. Authorities also found that the men had more than 200 packages
of so-called synthetic marijuana as well as drug paraphernalia. The 26-year-old
man additionally was charged with driving under the influence as well
as driving with no insurance.
Those facing criminal charges in our state have a couple of options: They
may be given the opportunity to make a plea agreement with prosecutors
and hope to get lighter charges and/or a reduced sentence, or they may
choose to go to trial and aggressively fight to defend against the formal
accusations. Drug charges in Pennsylvania and elsewhere must be proved
beyond a reasonable doubt before any conviction is possible. Those facing
criminal charges have the right to defend themselves with the hopes of
achieving the best outcome given the particular circumstances of the case.
Source: lehighvalleylive.com, "Lancaster men face drug charges after sobriety checkpoint stop, police say", Tony Rhodin, Nov. 10, 2014