Every single driver has had a moment while driving in which they drifted into oncoming lanes of traffic. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including because they are reaching for a dropped item or adjusting the radio station. Fortunately, most drivers are able to quickly correct their vehicle without causing an accident. However, one Missouri woman now faces multiple criminal charges, including possession of drugs, presumably after she drifted across a dividing line in the roadway.
The incident happened one night on a day in late March. According to reports, the woman was arrested by a member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Many of the details of the incident are unclear, but the 24-year-old woman now faces multiple charges.
Charges include driving while intoxicated, felony possession of a controlled substance and failing to drive on the right half of the road. Officials claim that the drug she had in her possession was hydrocodone. It is unclear what her blood alcohol content was or how it was determined.
In all criminal cases, including those involving accusations of possession of drugs, a suspect is presumed innocent. Leading up to an arrest, a person suspected of a crime has certain rights, including the right to privacy, which protects him or her from unreasonable searches and seizures. Because the average person in Missouri may be unaware of all of their rights, they often hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to examine the details of their case. Such a person can recognize and respond to a violation of a person's rights in addition to fighting for his or her interests in court and negotiating a plea deal.
Source: moberlymonitor.com, "Huntsville woman arrested on drug, DWI charges", March 27, 2017