Being suspected of a crime does not always mean that a person will be arrested and charged for that crime. However, if a person knows that they are suspect and seeks to evade the police, whether they believe they are innocent or not, this makes them a fugitive. This means that a suspected offender is apprehended in a state other than the state where the supposed crime occurred. And if a fugitive is arrested for another crime, this means facing charges related to the original arrest warrant as well as the charges for the current arrest.
This is what recently happened to a Georgia man who was arrested in Louisiana for drug crimes. According to reports, the 49-year-old Georgia man was wanted for forgery charges. Deputies found him after pulling him over and finding drugs and counterfeit money in his vehicle. Police claim that after stopping the man, he gave them a false name and birthdate. Officers also claim that they smelt marijuana coming from the vehicle. This resulted in authorities uncovering a variety of narcotics in the vehicle.
The accused offender faces an array of drug charges, including possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, heroin, crack cocaine, cocaine, Valium, Xanax and drug paraphernalia. He also faces charges for monetary instrument abuse, resisting arrest, improper lane changes and driving without a license.
Facing multiple charges in more than one state can be a serious situation. This could mean severe penalties that could impact the accused for the rest of his or her life. Because the situation is serious, the defense taken should be serious and aggressive. Asserting your right to a legal defense could help you reduce or dismiss the charges against you, helping you to avoid serious consequences.
Source: Houmatoday.com, “Fugitive arrested on drug charges in Raceland,” Jan. 22, 2018