For many, the gentle lull of a motor vehicle can make them groggy or even put them to sleep. Once this begins to happen, it is easy for the driver to simply drift off and take a short nap. Such a nap can have devastating consequences if the car is in motion; if the car is stopped, the driver typically does not pose a threat to other drivers. However, depending upon where the car is stopped, Florida police may become suspicious and have questions about why an individual is found sleeping in certain locations. Such questions may include ones related to drunk driving and drug possession.
Recently, a 29-year-old woman was found asleep in a car at a Florida gas station. Apparently the vehicle she was in had been reported stolen in another state. Additionally, there was a child in the car with her.
Police decided to conduct a search of the vehicle. In doing so, they claim to have found heroin and other drug paraphernalia, including syringes in the car. The woman was arrested and charged with drug possession, auto theft, child neglect and a variety of other related charges.
In a situation such as this, the accused will want to have an experienced legal defense team representing her. Such a team will want to review the evidence and understand exactly why Florida police believe that the defendant is the one who committed the crimes alleged, including drug possession and auto theft. Additionally, they will want to be certain that the defendant’s rights are protected throughout the entire process.
Source: wtsp.com, “Deputies: Sleeping Fla. woman found with drugs in car, infant on lap”, Nov. 11, 2106