People in California go to public parks for a variety of different reasons. Without proper context, anyone could observe a random stranger and wonder about the motivation behind their actions. However, if a police officer observes someone doing something he or she deems unusual — even if not criminal — the person could face an investigation. Unfortunately, two people now face drug charges after police officers observed them in a park.
The arrests occurred on a day in late July. According to reports, deputies were conducting what is described as a routine patrol at a park. While they were doing so, they claim they observed what they described as “suspicious activity.” However, details regarding the alleged activity are unclear.
As a result, the officers reportedly discovered a vehicle containing a 40-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman. Police say that they then learned that there was an outstanding warrant against the man for failure to appear in court. They then say they discovered drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine in his possession, resulting in an arrest. More drugs were allegedly found during a search of the car.
Even when suspected of a crime, people have certain rights. Most people in California who are facing criminal accusations, including drug charges — understandably — want to ensure that their rights were not violated during the events leading up to their arrest. Because the average person has little experience with the criminal justice system, this desire often prompts them to seek the help of an experienced professional. If unlawful actions occurred, such a professional can appropriately respond to them in addition to providing advice regarding how a defendant should proceed with his or her case.
Source: newstribune.com, “Two arrested in California for drug charges“, July 27, 2017