Posted by Jim Yeargan in Jim's Blog on October 3, 2018
A well known rapper and producer named Daz Dillinger was recently arrested in Cobb County on drug charges. As a result of this offense, the driver now faces 13 felony marijuana charges. Law enforcement also managed to obtain probable grounds on which to obtain a warrant to search Dillinger’s home, which led to the discovery of multiple cigarillo packets that contained marijuana inside a closet as well as another packet of marijuana in a studio.
This amount collected included 117 grams of marijuana. Law enforcement also reports discovering 10 THC vaporizer pods inside of Dillinger’s house as well as THC honey and a container labeled “Cannabis lean.” After spending less than a day in jail, Dillinger posted the $15,000 bond and was released.
If you are involved in a law enforcement stop and are not certain how to answer some of the questions most commonly asked by law enforcement, you too are at risk of facing serious consequences. This article will review some of the important answers that you should remember in response to questions that police often ask.
Do You Know Why You Were Pulled Over?
In response to this question, you should reply that you are not certain why law enforcement pulled you over. Any admission of guilt in these situations can later used by law enforcement in a court of law. Unfortunately, many people immediately attempt to talk their way out of receiving a ticket, but this is rarely a successful strategy.
Have You Been Drinking/Smoking?
Under the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution, you have a right to remain silent when asked by law enforcement whether you were drinking alcohol or smoking marijuana. If you answer this question affirmatively, law enforcement will likely use it against you. As a result, you should not answer this question and instead tell the law enforcement officer that you are exercising your right to remain silent.
Can I Have Your Paperwork?
If a law enforcement officer asks for your driver’s license, insurance and registration, you should make sure to submit this documents. If you fail to provide these documents or have difficulty doing so, law enforcement often takes this as a sign of an intoxicated driver.
From Where are You Coming?
Law enforcement officers sometimes ask this question to determine if you were heading from a party or other place where alcohol/marijuana could be obtained. It is also important to exercise your Fifth Amendment rights in these situations. You are not required to tell a law enforcement officer where you have been.
Speak with a Marijuana Charge Attorney Today
When marijuana charges occur, there is a risk of very serious legal consequences. If you find yourself in such a situation, you should not hesitate to contact an experienced attorney. At Yeargan & Kert LLC, we have helped many drivers respond to DUI and marijuana related charges. Contact our law office today to schedule an initial free consultation.