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Criminal defense: Man faces charges after stop for bad tail light

Many Iowa residents drive their vehicles, completely unaware that one of their tail lights may not be working properly. They may learn that their tail light is defective when a police officer notices this and stops them. Often, a driver may receive a warning or instructions to let officials know when the light has been repaired. Unfortunately, an Elgin man may now need to mount a criminal defense for a variety of charges after he was stopped for a defective light.

Davenport police report that they saw a car traveling with a backup light that was defective. An officer evidently saw the driver fail to yield and run a red light. At this point, the 25-year-old driver was pulled over by the police. Reports state that there was a smell of marijuana coming from the car. Supposedly, the driver told the officer that he had a cigar that had been hollowed out and filled with marijuana in his vehicle.

After a search of the car, police officers claim they found over eight grams of crack cocaine, 6.40 grams of marijuana, 14 ecstasy pills and 22.35 grams of crystal methamphetamine. A handgun and ammunition were also reportedly discovered. The man now faces charges of illegal drug possession, motor vehicle operation violations and possession of dangerous weapons.

If someone is convicted of drug charges in Iowa, his or her life would be significantly affected. A person may have to spend time in jail or pay large fines if convicted. It is of utmost importance for anyone facing drug charges to contact an Iowa criminal defense lawyer. A knowledgeable attorney can work with clients to present the strongest defense possible in their cases.

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