A 20-year-old man in New Jersey is facing drug charges after police allegedly
found drugs in his home on Aug. 25. Just after 8:40 p.m., officers on
patrol spotted a group of people gathered in front of a residence on Lamberton
Street's 600 block in Trenton. Officers reportedly decided to investigate
because the residence was believed to be abandoned. After one man was
approached by police, they claim that he dropped a bag of marijuana when
he was asked to show his hands.
Authorities also allege that they noticed paraphernalia inside the residence
when the man opened the door to retrieve his identification. He reportedly
gave consent to the officers' request to search the premises. Once
inside, police allegedly discovered three digital scales and several drugs
inside the home, including six bags of marijuana, crack cocaine and 151
glassine packets of heroin. The man was charged with multiple counts of
People faced with
drug distribution charges or other serious offenses could benefit from working with a criminal defense
lawyer. Legal counsel might be successful in getting charges or sentencing
reduced by challenging the credibility of the state's case. Creating
the plausibility of doubt or exposing violations in the procedural laws
may be effective in obtaining an acquittal or getting critical evidence
dismissed from the hearing.
For instance, after reviewing the facts of the case, legal counsel may
be able to formulate some strategies that could possible get the charges
reduced or dismissed. A lawyer may focus on challenging the officers'
probable cause for the initial investigation or in gaining entry into
a defendant's home. Officer misconduct or breaches in protocol may
be enough to derail the prosecution's case against the defendant.
Source: NJ.com, "Trenton man faces drug charges after police find crack, heroin and marijuana
in his house", Keith Brown, August 26, 2014