Many people are arrested each month for the possession of marijuana. Often these drug possession arrests go hand in hand with a DUI - drug offense. It begins when an officer suspects a driver of some type of traffic infraction - from speeding or weaving to a headlight violation. The officer stops of the vehicle and then may observe some unusual behavior from the motorist - or the odor of alcohol or marijuana. Sometimes the officer will accuse the driver of having red or glassy eyes, slurred speech, or other mannerisms consistent with intoxication.
This could lead to questioning and / or field sobriety testing. Officers are not ones to give the driver the benefit of the doubt and will make an arrest for possession or DUI if they feel that there is some evidence to support the arrest. Prosecutors can seek jail time and driver's license suspensions - even in cases of first time offenders. There are very serious consequences, even if only residue amount of marijuana are found. Possession of drug related objects is another charge the officer and a prosecutor may throw on if a pipe or rolling paper, etc. is found.
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