When individuals are pulled over by law enforcement officers, they often feel as if they must comply with any request that the officer’s make. However, they have certain rights. For example, a person does not have to give a law enforcement official permission to search his or her vehicle, but many people may be unaware of these rights. In fact, rapper Playboi Carti is likely wondering if his rights were violated in the events leading up to his recent arrest in Georgia and subsequent criminal charges, including drug possession.
The incident that led to the man’s arrest reportedly involved a traffic stop. Police say that they pulled over a luxury sports car because it had expired tags. After the stop, authorities claim to have found several bags of marijuana in addition to oxycodone, codeine, Xanax and three guns. Despite the allegations made by police, it is unclear what prompted the search that led to these discoveries.
Reports indicate that law enforcement authorities took the rapper and another man into custody. The former is charged with improperly passing an emergency vehicle, not displaying a revalidated decal on his license plate, and marijuana possession; he has since been released. The other man faces weapons and drug charges.
Unfortunately, people in Georgia and across the country may be unsure of their legal options following charges of drug possession, among others. Often there may be questions regarding whether they were treated lawfully in the events leading up to their arrest — questions they may feel unprepared to address on their own. Fortunately, there are experienced professionals who can help them carefully examine each detail of their case and help them determine how to proceed.