Being in the public eye because of one’s work within the religious community and their family ties can generate a certain reputation and persona. Thus, when such an individual is accused of a crime, it can cause shock in the community and hardships for the accused. This is what an Alabama pastor is currently dealing with, as he is facing additional criminal charges stemming from a stop and search of his personal vehicle.
Facing drug charges while dealing with current criminal allegations
Based on recent reports, an Alabama pastor who is the half broth of Reverend Al Sharpton was arrested for the second time this year. He was recently arrested for a drug-related crime. Prior to this arrest, the pastor was accused of murder.
The drug charges stem from a traffic stop. Authorities stated that they attempted to stop the vehicle driven by the pastor, and he purportedly failed to immediately yield to the law enforcement vehicle. It was unclear what the reason for the stop was at this time.
Vehicle search during traffic stop
During the traffic stop, law enforcement searched the pastor’s vehicle. It is unclear if the search was consented to or not or if a warrant was issued. The search resulted in officers recovering crack cocaine and a digital scale. This resulted in his arrest and a charge for unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
Details of the search and seizure are not known, and it is not known at this time whether anything else turned up during the search. When a person or vehicle is subjected to a search during a traffic stop, it is important that one understands their rights. Law enforcement must follow certain protocols, and if they fail to follow them or properly conduct and search and seizure, this could result in evidence being thrown out.
By looking at the details of the traffic stop and the search, those accused of a drug crime following a traffic stop could develop a strong defense. Ultimately, this could result in the suppression of evidence and the reduction or dismissal of the charges faced by the accused.