Recently, police were dispatched to the scene of a motor vehicle collision in Alaska. When the officers arrived, they saw evidence of a collision. Thereafter, a man was taken into police custody for suspected drug crimes.
No driver was at the scene when police arrived
When police arrived at the scene, they discovered the vehicle in a ditch. However, they later contacted a 46-year-old man, whom they believed had been the driver of the car. The man was remanded to the county jail, initially without bail.
Multiple criminal charges have been filed
In cases like this, things often get a lot worse for a defendant before they get better. The man is now facing numerous criminal charges, including misconduct in the fifth and sixth degrees involving a controlled substance, as well as misconduct involving a weapon. Such crimes often carry severe penalties under conviction, including jail time and substantial fines.
Numerous criminal defense strategies may be available
A prosecutor must convince a criminal court judge or jury that a defendant has indeed committed the drug crimes for which he or she is accused. Every person who charged with a crime is guaranteed an opportunity to present a defense to refute the charges. In some cases, a defendant may have an alibi to prove that he or she was at another location at the time the alleged crime occurred. Many times, a defendant can show that his or her Fourth Amendment rights were violated through unlawful search or seizure. Most defendants choose to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney to plan and implement a defense strategy designed to help mitigate the circumstances.