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What can I expect if I get stopped with pot in the car?

Children do the darndest things. Sometimes they are cute; other times they are embarrassing. And sometimes they cause their parents to have to hire a skilled New York criminal defense attorney to get them out of a legal jam.

According to authorities, a three-year-old toddler handed “drugs and paraphernalia” to a state trooper after her mother and friend were pulled over while driving upstate during an “occupant-safety” checkpoint.

Authorities reportedly thought the couple was acting and “moving suspiciously” and “could smell burning marijuana” when they rolled down the car window. In addition, the toddler was allegedly not restrained in her car seat. Her freedom reportedly enabled her to reach under the front seat while the adults were being questioned and allegedly present the officers with a pouch of marijuana, a metal grinder and a pipe.

The adults were reportedly both promptly “arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child”. In addition, the mother was reportedly charged with “unlawful possession of marijuana”. Child Protective Services was reportedly notified and relatives took custody of the child.

Drug charges can range from misdemeanors to serious felonies and if brought in federal court, the sentencing guidelines allow for broad and severe punishment if convicted. Not only may you be facing jail time, but a conviction is a permanent criminal record that can impact your ability to keep your job, get a new job, or rent an apartment. It also may result in the forfeiture of certain rights such as owning a firearm, obtaining certain professional licenses, qualifying for public benefits or federal student loans. It can even impact your parental and/or custody rights.

When facing charges of possessing marijuana or other drug crimes, you need an attorney with a track record of success on your side.

If you’ve been charged with a crime or expect to be, the Law Office of Mark J. Sacco can help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

From our office in Latham, New York, we defend clients accused of misdemeanors and felonies in both state and federal courts throughout New York State because we believe anyone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty.

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