Even when placed under arrest, individuals have legal rights. It is often wise to exercise those rights in hopes of keeping a situation under control as best as possible. In particular, remaining silent can prevent a person from making incriminating statements, and exercising one's right to an attorney can help someone better understand legal options for creating a criminal defense.
Recent reports indicated that a man in Utah was taken into custody on drug-related charges. Apparently, the man had been in the driver's seat of a parked vehicle when a police officer approached the vehicle due to considering it suspicious. The vehicle was at a park, and the officer stated that he approached the vehicle to tell its occupants that the park was closed.
The officer allegedly smelled marijuana and asked the driver to get out of the vehicle. Both the driver and the passenger exited the vehicle, and the officer purportedly saw marijuana on the floor and seat and found marijuana concentrate and 15 pills that test results indicted were MDMA, or Molly. Drug paraphernalia was also reportedly uncovered. As a result, the driver is facing multiple charges, including possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and others.
Due to the multiple serious charges that the man faces, he will undoubtedly find it useful to understand the exact allegations brought against him. This information may also help him understand the possible consequences he could face if convicted of the charges. When working on his criminal defense, utilizing local Utah legal resources may be wise.