Traffic Stops and Drug Charges
Many drug charges start with a traffic stop — especially if vehicles with out-of-state plates are spotted driving through Utah on Interstate 15. Many of these drivers have come to see Utah’s sites, including Zion Park and Moab. They never intended to get arrested.
But many drug arrests start with a traffic stop. Police officers pull over your car for alleged speeding, swerving or turning without signaling. They usually walk to your car window and ask for your driver’s license, registration and car insurance. If they have probable cause to suspect that illegal activity might be occurring — such as drug possession or drug trafficking — they may ask you to step out of the vehicle while they search it.
I am Catherine Cleveland, an experienced Salt Lake City drug crimes defense lawyer. I can defend you from any drug charges you are facing that resulted from a traffic stop or other incident. Contact me by phone toll free at 877-753-1247 or online for a free initial consultation.
Were You Pulled Over for Reckless Driving in Salt Lake City?
If you are pulled over while driving through Utah, you should know that you have the right to say no to searches of your car unless the police have the knowledge of or reason to believe that you have drugs in the vehicle.
If police ask to see search your vehicle and you do not wish to consent to the search, tell the police this clearly. Officers cannot use your refusal to let them do a search as evidence that you have drugs in your car. If the police search your car despite not having the legal authority to do so, any drugs or drug paraphernalia they discover cannot be used as evidence against you in your drug case.
At my law firm, many of my clients come from out of state and were arrested while visiting Utah. I am well equipped to handle their cases effectively and efficiently, no matter where they live. Using the latest technology, I keep my clients informed with regular updates. Meetings are done in a way that is convenient for them. If you live out-of-state, in some cases you may be required to make only limited visits to Utah from your home state. You may even be able to file a “plea by affidavit”, which may allow you to settle the matter without returning to Utah.
Criminal defense is all I do
My exclusive focus as a Salt Lake City criminal defense lawyer has helped me perfect successful legal strategies that are proven to be effective in Utah Courts. Throughout the years, I have achieved a history of favorable results by helping hundreds of people successfully reduce or avoid criminal charges. My clients’ positive testimonials tell their stories.