Individuals who find themselves facing criminal drug charges following a traffic stop may be interested in knowing about a case that is unfolding in Tennessee. On Aug. 27, law enforcement officials took a Rogersville woman into custody on possession of methamphetamine and other charges. She was initially stopped because her vehicle registration was expired.
The incident occurred in Hawkins County. According to news sources, a search of the stopped vehicle was conducted after a deputy noticed the woman attempting to place an unidentified object behind her back. During the search, the deputy discovered a glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine as well as an undisclosed amount of the drug. The search also revealed a small amount of what officials believed to be Tizanidine, Tramadol and Diazepam.
In addition to possession of methamphetamine, the drug-related charges include possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of schedule IV drugs and violation of the Tennessee Drug Control Act. The woman is also facing charges of a failure to display a driver's license, driving on a suspended license, violation of wheel tax, violation of financial responsibilities and violation of registration law.
What might begin as a simple traffic stop could ultimately lead to serious charges that carry grave consequences upon conviction. Under some circumstances, however, the stop, search or seizure may be unlawful and in violation of an individual's Fourth Amendment rights. Tennessee residents who find themselves facing drug charges and who believe that their constitutional rights may have been violated during an unlawful search and seizure may find it beneficial to discuss the matter with a criminal defense attorney who can investigate the case and file a motion to suppress evidence if warranted.