Being accused of any crime, no matter the severity, can have a huge impact on the life of the suspected offender. This is especially true if a loved one or close friend is also charged with the same crime. There is not only the possibility of harsh penalties but also the potential to change the dynamics of this relationship. Furthermore, this could complicate the defense process, especially if one defendant seeks to make a plea bargain and provide information against the other defendant.
According to recent reports, Louisiana police arrested a couple for drug charges. This arrest followed a drug bust that occurred at a residence in Pike County. Based on police reports, a search warrant was issued, and following the search of the residence, the couple was arrested for various drug crimes.
The 29-year-old male was charged with possession of the controlled substance methamphetamine, which is a class C felony and the possession of drug paraphernalia, which is a class A misdemeanor. The 32-year-old female was charged with the possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, which is a class B felony.
When individuals or couples are accused of a drug crime, there are criminal defense options available. Because their residence was searched and a warrant was provided, this does not mean it was a lawful search and seizure. Defendants could still contend that it was an unlawful search and seizure if it did not fall within the scope of the warrant issued.
No matter the severity of the crimes a defendant is facing, it is important to consider all the defense options available. This not only helps better protect the rights of the defendant but also assists them with reducing the penalties or charges or even dismissing them altogether.
Source: Thepeoplestribune.com, “Louisiana Couple Charged In Drug Bust,” August 30, 2016