Yuma Immigration Checkpoints Attorney
Have You Been Arrested for a Drug Charge at an Immigration Checkpoint?
One tactic that law enforcement officers use to catch drug law offenders is to stop them at immigration checkpoints. Checkpoints along I-8 are especially thorough because these roads are known drug trafficking routes. At these checkpoints, they will likely ask if the car you are driving is a rental, check for signs that you are in possession of drugs, such as intoxication and air freshener use, and/or let a drug dog run near the car. Should the officer be lead to believe for any reason that you are hiding illegal substances, he or she will ask to search your car. You do not have to consent to this search; if there is probable cause then they do not need your permission.
In the event that you are in possession of drugs, what happens next depends on the type and amount of drugs in question. In general, those in possession of a small amount of drugs, especially an amount which would only be a misdemeanor, are given citations and a court date. Those in felony possession, however, will be arrested and charged. In either situation, you need to immediately contact a Yuma criminal defense attorney.
Protecting Your Rights
At Dwane Cates Law Group, P.L.L.C. we represent clients in Yuma and the surrounding areas who have been charged with a criminal offense, including those who have been arrested at immigration checkpoints for drug offenses. We have successfully helped innumerable clients who have been charged with crimes such as possession with intent to distribute, drug distribution, drug manufacturing, drug trafficking, drug importation, drug cultivation, and possession for drugs like heroin, marijuana, PCP, crystal meth, cocaine, and ecstasy.
While we always recommend if you have been arrested that you do not talk to police until an attorney is present, if you did confess or implicate yourself in any way, there is still hope. With meticulous and comprehensive investigative research, intricate knowledge of the law, and aggressive defense, your drug crimes defense attorney may still be able to have your charges reduced or dismissed. Our lawyers have successfully defended numerous clients whose cases were dismissed because of improper or illegal conduct by the arresting officers. We are also well aware of the faults of drug dogs and can use this in court to your advantage.
Contact a Yuma Immigration Checkpoints Attorney at our firm immediately if you have been arrested or charged with a crime.