A motor vehicle exit order after a routine traffic stop may be justified based on officer safety concerns. If you are charged with a drug crime after the police discover illegal narcotics on your person from a protective search, it is important to know what constitutes officer safety concerns. In the recent Appeals Court case of Commonwealth v. Meneide, the Mass. Appeals Court noted that:
- The act of lfiting oneself off the driver’s seat (concealment); along with
- A routine auto stop; equals
- Justification for an exit order and protective search for officer safety.
If you are facing drug charges after being ordered out of a motor vehicle, it is important to hire a drug crime attorney who will review the constitutional justification for the frisk. Contact Attorney Shane W. Surrette at (774) 364-4605 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Convictions on most drug crimes will no longer trigger a license loss in Massachusetts. For example, the following convictions will not result in a license suspension:
- Possesson with Intent; &
- Conspiracy to do either of the above.
Trafficking convictions will still result in a license suspension, however. As a result, if you are charged with a drug crime, contact a drug crime attorney with the experience to help you. Contact Attorney Shane W. Surrette at (774) 364-4605, or at email@example.com today.
If you are facing drug charges, an issue that is often litigated is the basis for the police search. Some questions include:
- Was there a search warrant;
- If there wasn’t a search warrant does an exception apply; &
- Does the accused have standing to contest the search.
Careful examination needs to be done to see if these issues apply in your case. As a result, contact a Drug Attorney who has the experience to help you. Contact Attorney Shane W. Surrette at (774) 364-4605 or at firstname.lastname@example.org today.