Two officers in Ballinger pulled over a vehicle at about 12:45 a.m. on May 7. The vehicle was occupied by a couple who said that they were returning home from Colorado. When officers approached the vehicle, they claimed that there was an odor of marijuana coming from it. This prompted them to conduct a search of the vehicle, and they reportedly discovered a cooler that had more than 1.3 kilograms of THC in it.
In addition, the couple allegedly had 13 ounces of marijuana in their possession at the time of the traffic stop. As a result of the traffic stop, the couple each faces two felony counts. One is a first-degree count of possessing more than 400 grams of a controlled substance while the other is a possession of marijuana charge. Each individual received bond of $200,000. Local police say that those going to Colorado should remember that the laws are different there than they are in Texas.
A person facing charges of possession of a controlled substance or other drug crimes could face significant penalties if convicted. For instance, an individual could spend many years in prison or pay a fine of thousands of dollars or more. An attorney may work to help a person obtain a favorable outcome in their case.
This might be done by casting doubt on the reasons for a traffic stop or the reason why a vehicle was searched. It may also be possible to cast doubt on witness testimony or the veracity of any statements made to police at the time of a traffic stop. In some cases, this may make it possible to have a charge dropped or reduced, or it might increase the chances of a jury acquittal.