Man, 24, arrested on drug charges and traffic crimes after chase

| Dec 3, 2020 | Criminal Defense |

When there is a criminal investigation in Birmingham and across Alabama, those who are confronted with charges might not fit into one category. For example, if there is a drug arrest, there may also be other allegations added to the list of charges. One criminal charge can be complex on its own. When separate criminal accusations are stacked along with it, there can be immense challenges in crafting a viable defense and reaching a satisfactory outcome. If a person is charged with several crimes, a comprehensive legal defense may be necessary.

Man arrested for drugs and recklessness after high-speed pursuit

A 24-year-old man is facing a litany of charges after a high-speed police pursuit that he allegedly showed in progress on social media. The incident began in the afternoon at around 3:30 p.m. Officers said they saw a suspicious vehicle and went to investigate. As they approached, the man drove away. The pursuit continued until the man crashed into another vehicle. Once he was stopped, officers searched the vehicle and found drugs and drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with reckless endangerment and eluding law enforcement.

Understanding the available avenues when arrested

Being arrested is more complicated today than it was in the past due in large part to the availability of video evidence in the case. It seems there are cameras everywhere and law enforcement and prosecutors are not shy about using that evidence as part of its attempt to secure a conviction. That is part of this case as the driver is believed to have used social media to show his alleged flight as it was taking place. Still, there are ways to formulate an effective defense and avoid the worst possible penalties.

Consulting with experienced legal professionals is key

Perhaps the man has a drug problem and treatment could be an alternative in lieu of incarceration. There might be issues with the evidence and some or all might be deemed inadmissible. Since he was charged with possessing drugs and drug paraphernalia, the amount of illegal substances he had may be imperative to a case. It might have been a small amount. Regarding the reckless driving, perhaps there can be a plea bargain and fines instead of harsh penalties such as incarceration. A criminal charge can negatively impact a person’s future in many ways and before doing or saying anything to make the matter worse, it is wise to consult with a legal professional experienced in all areas of criminal law.