When a California driver is stopped by a law enforcement officer for a traffic violation but then also charged with drug possession or another drug crime as part of this traffic stop, it can be a very serious complication. Depending on what the law enforcement officer did, and when and how he or she did it, to arrive at the conclusion that a drug charge was warranted, the driver’s constitutional rights may have been violated and the drug charge may not hold up in court.
California residents who get pulled over on suspicion of a DUI may end up in a situation where the police ask to search the car, or go ahead with a search regardless of your permission. But is it legal for them to search without a warrant? Just when the police search your vehicle?
With legalized recreational marijuana the new law of the land, California has put new regulations into place in an effort to prevent driving while high. Becoming familiar with these rules could prevent Californians from inadvertently breaking the law.
Like many other parts of the country, California is currently suffering from a sweeping drug problem. However, it doesn't just extend to the usual illegal drugs that many people often think of like cocaine or heroine. Illegal controlled substance abuse is also a big issue.
When voters opted to legalize marijuana last November, it raised a number of questions. Some of these questions surrounded how the substance would be regulated now that it's legal. Other questions involved the potential consequences to public safety.