Being the passenger in another person’s vehicle can lead to trouble. Even if a mistake on the part of the driver is what initially draws the attention of law enforcement officers, others in the vehicle may wind up facing charges if if they tried to help in an emergency situation. One Georgia woman recently learned this fact the hard way when she found herself facing charges for drug crimes.
The trouble started when police spotted a vehicle driving in a rainstorm without headlights, a violation of state law. Officers signaled for the driver to pull over, but instead, the driver tried to evade police. As police gave chase, the driver jumped out of the moving vehicle and attempted to flee on foot.
The female passenger of the vehicle quickly climbed over to the driver’s seat and brought the vehicle to a stop. When officers made contact and looked in the car, they found a frightened child inside. Had the woman not stopped the car, the child may have been badly injured. Police caught the original driver and searched the vehicle. An alleged discovery of illegal substances resulted in both the man and woman being charged with drug crimes.
People often say they were in the wrong place at the wrong time to describe similar situations. Sometimes, evidence may suggest that a person was involved in criminal activity even if he or she attests to innocence. Georgia residents with a court date for drug crimes may want to look into getting professional help from an attorney. An attorney can help a client ensure that the burden of proof is placed squarely upon the prosecution, and he or she can challenge any circumstantial evidence the prosecution may offer as proof of guilt.