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California man faces drug charges after traffic stop

On Feb. 1, a San Jose man was taken into custody for drug possession after a traffic stop in Milpitas. The incident occurred at approximately 9:44 p.m.

According to authorities, a Milpitas police officer pulled over a white 1995 BMW 525 on Jacklin Road for a vehicle code violation. After making contact, the officer suspected the car's 52-year-old driver may be under the influence of drugs. The driver was also found to be operating his vehicle with a suspended driver's license.

Police searched the driver and allegedly found 14.7 grams of methamphetamine hidden in his pants. They also allegedly discovered 7.1 grams of methamphetamine inside the BMW.

The driver was placed under arrest and booked at the Santa Clara County Jail. He is charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance, driving with a suspended California driver's license, possession of methamphetamine for sale and transportation of methamphetamine.

Anyone charged with possessing methamphetamine or any other controlled substance may wish to retain a criminal defense attorney immediately following their arrest. An attorney could provide guidance during police questioning and work to protect a defendant's rights throughout their time in custody. A lawyer could also scrutinize the conduct of the police for any signs they may have overstepped their authority during the arrest. For example, if an officer did not have probable cause to search a defendant or their property, any evidence that was seized may be ruled inadmissible in court. However, if the case against a defendant is strong, it may be advisable to negotiate with prosecutors to lower the charges in exchange for a guilty plea.

Source: San Jose Mercury News, "San Jose man arrested for drug possession, sales in Milpitas," Feb. 12, 2015

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