Seeing police officers at one’s doors may be overwhelming and give people the impression they must answer every question posed to them, but this is not the case. When someone is under suspicion for committing a crime, they have rights they can exercise, including the right to remain silent and they should consider availing them, as even innocuous questions like ‘who’s room is this’ can end up being significant.
Three men arrested on suspicion of committing drug crimes in Ohio may be assessing their rights, as various drugs, drug paraphernalia and weapons were recovered from their house. The authorities claim that they were executing a search warrant at a home, where a 33-year-old man was in a bedroom he claimed was his own. In that room, the police supposedly found a small scale, small plastic baggies and a single-shot 12 gauge shotgun. On the 33-year-old man’s body, they allegedly recovered a total of 5.6 grams of amphetamine. He faces charges of trafficking in drugs (methamphetamine) in the vicinity of a child, a second degree felony and a third-degree felony of having weapons under disability.
Three large bags of heroin and two men were allegedly found upstairs and supposedly there are outstanding warrants against both of them in the state. They both face charges of drug trafficking (heroin) in the vicinity of a child, a first-degree felony, as well as charges relating to their outstanding warrants. Police claim they have uncovered more than 50 grams of heroin and more than 5 grams of methamphetamine.
Drug crime charges are seldom isolated — extenuating circumstances aggravate the charges and add to the possible penalties. Having an experienced defense attorney by one’s side to downplay the circumstantial evidence and poke holes in the prosecution can be important. Exercising the right to an attorney may be one worth availing.