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Attorney needed to help with drug charges

When you are facing drug charges, it can be frightening. If a police officer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is conducting a traffic stop, he or she may search your vehicle and seize evidence without a warrant under certain conditions.

If you give permission to the officer to search your car, that makes the search and seizure lawful. If the officer thinks that there may be something dangerous in the vehicle that may cause him or her harm, this makes the search legal as well.

This is the time to contact an attorney who has your best interests in mind. In Louisiana, the search and seizure laws are not as strict for a vehicle as the laws that pertain to searching your home. An illegal search can be challenged in a court of law. So be sure of what you want to do.

The "plain view" doctrine allows for the officer on hand to seize any evidence of a crime without a search warrant as long as the incriminating evidence is in plain sight.

For instance, if one of your passengers leaves a weapon in plain sight and in the taking of the weapon the officer sees a pipe or a small packet of drugs on the dash or in the seat in plain sight, the officer has the right to take it as evidence of a crime.

It wouldn't make any sense to search your wallet to see if there were any weapons. If this happens, you may a legal ground to stand on and need to tell your attorney as soon as possible.

If the officer smells something that is drug related, or a drug sniffing dog smells the essence of an illegal drug, the plain view doctrine can be invoked at this point.

Calling in attorney Steve LeBlanc, who has more than 40 years of experience in this type of charge, can be a real game changer for you. You can learn more about drug charges and your rights by visiting his webpage on the topic.

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