Drug Charges From A Traffic Stop May Not Be Legitimate - We Can Help

South Dakota's drug laws are nothing to take lightly. Where many states have begun adjusting marijuana-related penalties to make them less severe, or its possession legal up to a certain ounce limit, South Dakota's possession consequences remain strict across the board. What's more, some law enforcement officers overstep in their authority during a routine traffic stop and end up wrongfully charging people for drug possession or related offenses.

From our office in Rapid City, attorney Matthew L. Skinner has represented Meade County clients in criminal defense matters for over 25 years. He understands the complexity of South Dakota drug laws, and he knows how to stand up for you after a traffic stop results in a drug charge. What's more, Skinner Law Office, P.C., puts clients first by providing personalized legal representation.

Understand Your Rights During A Traffic Stop

Traffic violations are common, especially during Sturgis season. It will help you to understand your rights after you are stopped for a violation like speeding or a broken tail light. The police officer may only do the following:

  • Ask for your identification, vehicle registration and insurance information
  • Check for arrest warrants
  • Investigate your supposed violation
  • Give you a traffic ticket

The officer does not have the right to search your vehicle for illegal drugs without your permission. They may only do so if they see drugs in plain view. It is entirely possible that the traffic stop did not have probable cause to search for drugs. Attorney Skinner will fight to protect your rights in and out of court and work to see that your charges are reduced or dismissed.

Start Your Defense Today

When you call Skinner Law Office, you will work directly with your lawyer and our experienced support staff. We know that every case is different and that you require an approach tailored to your needs. Call 605-519-5600 or send an email for a free consultation.