A Utah couple has been arrested on charges for drug crimes just a few weeks after being released from prison. The two individuals had currently been in jail for similar charges regarding other drug crimes. The arrest was carried out after a 90-day investigation into the couple and 16 days after their initial release.
In the course of the investigation, Utah law enforcement used a confidential informant in order to perform a controlled buy of the drug methamphetamine. The man was charged with a felony of drug distribution. The woman was charged with two second-degree felonies and also for drug distribution. Both of the individuals have criminal records with charges dating back for several years.
Before the couple was arrested the first time, law enforcement officials had found various items that could be considered drug paraphernalia in the woman's apartment. Despite the amount of alleged evidence that exists against the couple, they have not been convicted of charges associated with the previous two arrests. Unless they are actually convicted, both individuals are still considered innocent in the eyes of the law.
When faced with a serious legal situation, such as charges for drug crimes, a person has the right to seek legal assistance in order to determine defense options or a potential plea agreement. In this particular case, the couple may benefit from a legal professional specifically experienced in criminal defense cases. A defendant also has the right to know what evidence is brought by the prosecution, as well as the opportunity to present evidence for their defense.
Source: stgeorgeutah.com, "Duo gets release from jail, rearrested for drug distribution", Kimberly Scott, Nov. 25, 2014