Fort Collins man faces criminal charges after routine traffic stop
Without warning, a person could face a criminal investigation after a routine traffic stop.
October 17, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Fort Collins man faces criminal charges after routine traffic stop
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A person may not be under investigation at the moment; however, every time a motorist takes the streets, he or she could be stopped for a traffic violation. While this does not seem like a big deal, routine traffic stops provide authorities with the opportunity to investigate persons for criminal activities. One may not fear a simple traffic ticket; however, the aftermath of a brief detention could produce consequences much bigger than a fine.
For example, a Fort Collins motorist was stopped after authorities allegedly witnessed careless driving. Police note that the vehicle also exhibited defective tail lamps.
The investigation moved forward after law enforcement discovered that the motorist's license was under restraint, and he could not show proof of insurance. These infractions led to a vehicle and person search, and deputies discovered several items inside the suspect's vehicle, which were believed to be stolen. In addition, police purportedly uncovered methamphetamine stashed in the man's shoe. Law enforcement additionally found a stolen computer monitor, car registration, credit card and drug paraphernalia in the search.
The suspect is being held at the Larimer County Jail as the investigation unfolds.
Potential charges after a traffic stop
In the aforementioned case, the driver is facing several traffic offenses and criminal allegations. The first citation relates to careless driving. Careless driving brings about four points against a motorist's driving license. Moreover, if a driver is between the ages of 18 and 21, his or her license will be suspended with the accumulation of nine points in one year or 12 points in two.
The man might also confront theft-related counts due to the property discovered in his vehicle. A conviction for theft, trespass or burglary can result in professional consequences for person. Specifically, many employers avoid hiring job applicants that have been charged with or convicted of a theft-related crime. If the offense is felonious, this can virtually remove a person from the job market. In this case, the potential charges might interfere with the young man's future.
Finally, the suspect might deal with drug-related accusations in relation to the discovered methamphetamine. Whether a drug charge is a misdemeanor or felony often depends on the type of drug and the amount that was uncovered in the suspect's possession. When the investigation is complete, the man could potentially deal with this charge.
As one can see, criminal charges can precipitate out of what was supposed to be a simple traffic detention. If you are dealing with a criminal investigation after a routine stop, contact an experienced defense attorney. These traffic-criminal offenses often involve Fourth Amendment issues. If law enforcement was not acting in line with the law during the stop, this could hurt the state's case against you. To learn more about your matter and varied avenues of justice, speak to a lawyer in your area.
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