Drug possession charges are very serious accusations here in Utah. Those who are unfortunate enough to be facing these types of allegations may not be aware of the potential for severe consequences upon conviction. Those found guilty could be sentenced to jail time or hefty fines. A man recently was accused of drug crimes after police claim to have caught him shoplifting, and his future remains uncertain.
The incident occurred when police were summoned to a convenience store for an alleged theft. Officials claim the man confessed to stealing gum, and the officer decided to search him. Apparently, during the search, the officer says he discovered drug paraphernalia, including syringes and a substance that the man purportedly said was heroin.
Authorities charged the defendant with several crimes, including felony drug possession, misdemeanor drug paraphernalia and interfering with his arrest. His charges were made all the more serious when it was discovered that the store was located in a drug-free zone -- meaning it was less than 1,000 feet from local court buildings. He has not entered a plea at this time.
Despite the severity of his situation, the defendant is considered innocent until and unless proven guilty and will have the chance to present his defense against the allegations of these drug crimes. Those who find themselves in a similar situation may benefit from learning all that they can about drug crime laws and local court procedures here in Utah. Doing so might lead to a reduction in charges or a dismissal in certain cases. In view of the potentially grave consequences that could come with a criminal conviction, every reasonable effort must be made to achieve the best outcome possible.
Source: stgeorgeutah.com, "Gum theft leads to felony drug arrest", Kimberly Scott, June 22, 2014