A Geneva, Florida, man was recently accused of third-degree drug possession during a routine traffic stop. The 33-year-old man was pulled over by authorities on Exchange Street at around 5:30 a.m., this week, when police accused him of driving on a suspended license.
After investigating the man's vehicle, police claim to have found 22 individually packaged bags of cocaine, which they believe were packaged to sell. They allegedly seized both the cocaine and the money as evidence against the man to later be used in criminal court. In total, the traffic stop led to multiple allegations, including: Class B felony third-degree drug possession, second-degree aggravated unlicensed vehicle operation and speeding.
The accused man was arraigned in court, and in lieu of being able to post $50,000 bond or $25,000 bail, he was taken to be held at the Ontario County Jailhouse, where he will await the progression of his criminal proceedings. It is unknown whether he has secured representation from a criminal lawyer at this time.
Drug crime charges can lead to lengthy jail sentences in the event of conviction. Therefore, Florida residents accused of drug crimes will want to take their criminal defenses seriously. Fortunately, every person accused of a crime -- no matter how serious the charges -- will have the right to have his or her day in court to defend him or herself with the assistance of a criminal defense attorney. In a successfully navigated criminal defense, accused persons may be able to get some or all of their charges dropped or dismissed or secure a reduction in the severity of punishments in the event of a conviction.
Source: Florida Times, "Traffic stop leads to drug arrest," Aug. 17, 2016