Iowa, particularly the area of Des Moines, is a major crossroads for illegal drug trafficking in North America. Along I-235 and I-35, countless cars and trucks pass through Des Moines from all four directions. While most carry everyday goods and services, others may transport illegal drugs or other controlled substances.
For those stopped, searched and charged with possession of illegal drugs, the law can be confusing and the circumstances of your arrest may raise some red flags as to whether the arresting officer acted within the law or violated your rights.
Along these stretches of highway, it is common for motorists with out-of-state plates to be pulled over for minor traffic infractions such as swerving, turning without signaling or speeding. During these routine stops, officers will look for indicators of illegal drugs coming from other states, often using a drug-sniffing dog.
If you or a loved one was charged with drug possession resulting from a suspect traffic stop, the police may have used a tactic known as a “pretextual stop.” A knowledgeable attorney can determine if you were arrested for a trumped-up charge and begin challenging the charges brought against you.
Some common violations that result in a driver being pulled over include:
- Failing to signal before turning or changing lanes
- Failure to wear a seat belt
- Window tint
- Swerving or driving recklessly
- Broken taillight or turn signal
No matter the circumstances of your interstate drug stop and arrest, you stand to benefit from the aggressive and passionate representation of an experienced attorney.