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Surviving a drug possession charge: What to do when pulled over

On Behalf of | May 12, 2023 | Criminal Defense

Being pulled over by law enforcement is a common stressful experience. However, if law enforcement pulls you over in North Carolina on suspicion of drug possession, it is important to know your rights and how to protect yourself.

Learn what you should do if law enforcement pulls you over for a suspected drug possession charge.

Stay calm and cooperate

The first thing you should do in this situation is to stay calm and comply with the officers’ requests. Be respectful and polite, and provide your license, registration and proof of insurance when asked. Refusing to cooperate can escalate the situation and may lead to further legal trouble.

Know your rights

It is essential to know your rights. You have the right to remain silent, and you do not have to answer any questions about drug possession. You also have the right to refuse a search of your vehicle or belongings, but law enforcement may still be able to conduct a search if they have probable cause or a warrant.

Follow court orders

If law enforcement releases you on bail or gives you a court order to follow, it is important to follow these orders to the letter. Failure to comply with court orders may negatively impact your case.

Avoid self-incrimination

It is also important to avoid any actions that may further incriminate you. The court can use statements or admissions of guilt against you. Additionally, do not consent to a vehicle search unless the officer has a warrant or probable cause.

Knowing what to do in this situation will help you keep your cool and potentially minimize the consequences.