Were you stopped, searched and arrested in Ft. Myers of Cape Coral? Did the police make it look like a routine traffic stop? Did the officer claim he smelled marijuana? Did they bring a drug dog? Did they claim your tint was too dark or your tag light to dim?
The police often make up reasons to make a profile stop to justify a detention and search of a vehicle. They know what to say and what to put in their reports. They know how to make an illegal stop look legal. The simple fact is, if you look out of place in the neighborhood, or are in a high crime area, they will find a reason to stop and search your car. They are not supposed to make racial profile stops, but they do. They will disguise it as a traffic stop for rolling through a stop sign or failing to signal a turn. They will find a reason. They may claim they smell marijuana when they come up to the car. They may then ask to search or take their time writing a bogus ticket while the drug dog is one the way.
Having an experienced drug lawyer, a criminal defense lawyer, experienced in handling illegal stop cases is important. You need a lawyer that knows the law when it comes to illegal searches and seizures. You may be able to get all of the evidence suppressed and win the case.
Many people do not know the law. Many people go to the Early Resolution Court (ERC) and jump at a probation offer, not knowing that they may have had a very valid defense. The Courts want to move the docket. The public defender may have a lot of cases. The prosecutor may have a lot of cases and there is subtle pressure to move things along. You really should know your options before you jump at a probation offer. Most criminal defense law firms do not charge for a free consultation. At our firm, the initial consultation is free. You need to look before you leap because probation may ultimately not be the right thing for your lifestyle.
If you want an unbiased evaluation of your facts and the law, feel free to give us a call and discuss in confidentiality the fact surrounding your stop and arrest in Ft. Myers, Lehigh or the Cape. Give us a call at 239 334 8890