Three Virginia men were charged with drug crimes after police responded to a disorderly conduct call in Lynchburg on May 20. The incident occurred on the 1000 block of Floyd Street.
According to media reports, the responding officer began searching the area around Floyd Street in an attempt to find the individuals accused of disorderly behavior. He eventually located three men behind a house. None of the men lived at that residence or any other nearby residences.
The men, ages 20, 22 and 23, were searched and found to be in possession of illegal drugs. The 20-year-old, a Lynchburg resident, has been charged with possession of a schedule II narcotic, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a concealed handgun and possession of a firearm while possessing a controlled substance. The 22-year-old, a Lynchburg resident, has been charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. The 23-year-old, also a Lynchburg resident, has been charged with possession of marijuana.
Individuals frequently face drug charges after being detained and searched for another alleged offense. However, police officers sometimes overstep their authority and search a defendant without cause. A criminal defense attorney could review the arrest record and determine if a defendant's rights were violated during the investigation. If they were, any evidence collected during the improper search could be deemed inadmissible in court, which could cause the case to be dismissed. If a case goes to trial, an attorney may develop a solid defense and attempt to obtain an acquittal. Legal counsel could also negotiate a plea deal that allows a defendant to plead guilty to reduced charges.