Man arrested on drug charges following traffic stop for speeding

A California man currently faces formal criminal charges related to drugs. His arrest on drug charges was made on a recent Saturday following a traffic stop. Police said they stopped him for driving faster than 100 mph along Interstate 5.

The 30-year-old was headed north on the interstate near a county road when police stopped him. When police approached his vehicle, they reportedly smelled marijuana coming from the car. At that time, they conducted a probable cause search and allegedly discovered a small quantity of marijuana along with a significant amount of cash.

The California Highway Patrol asked for help from a narcotics task force. When agents assumed responsibility for the investigation, they ended up reportedly seizing marijuana and over $38,000. The man faces a felony charge of concealing and receiving valuables from the proceeds of a controlled substance. A bail of $10,000 was set for him.

Just like other criminal accusations, drug charges must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt before a conviction can happen. This standard exists with the goal of preventing innocent people from being convicted of and sentenced for crimes they did not commit. Rather than going to trial, a defendant has the right to accept a plea deal, if offered by prosecutors, which may result in lesser charges and thus a lighter sentence for the accused. In either scenario, defense counsel will strive for an outcome that is in the client's best interest and ensure that his or her legal rights are protected during all stages of the criminal proceedings.

Source: appeal-democrat.com, "Man arrested on drug charges after chase", May 31, 2016

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