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Traffic stop leads to domestic violence and drug charges

On Aug. 31, a man in Michigan was accused of domestic violence after the alleged victim was pulled over in a traffic stop. When police visited the accused man's home, he was allegedly found to be in possession of methamphetamine. Because of the incident, the 46-year-old man was booked into a Van Buren County jail for charges of possession of methamphetamine and domestic violence.

The criminal investigation began when a sheriff's deputy in Van Buren County stopped a female driver at around 9 p.m. After approaching the woman, the deputy allegedly noticed that she had bruises on her legs and face. The deputy claims that he was then able to determine that she had been the victim of domestic violence.

After the traffic stop, police officers visited the home of the man who was accused of harming the woman. While he was being questioned, the man reportedly told the officers that he had marijuana and a one-pot methamphetamine lab inside of the residence. A search warrant was then obtained, and police officers allegedly discovered drugs in the man's home. Police say that the man may receive further charges pending the completion of an investigation.

Police officers can sometimes make mistakes when attempting to obtain a search warrant. If the document that was executed includes certain errors, then the related search may have violated the defendant's rights, which might make the results to the search invalid. Individuals who are facing charges after the execution of a warrant might discuss this possible strategy for seeking dropped charges with a criminal defense attorney.

Source: MLive, "Van Buren County man facing meth, domestic violence charges", Aaron Mueller, September 05, 2014

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