At the time of arrest, I was cooperative with the officers at the most I can.When pulled over I was asked if I had marijuana, I said yes and told him where. From then I was placed under "custody" by being forced to stand in front of a police car while witnessing the drug dog confirm the officers I had marijuana in the vehicle. From then once the officers found the marijuana and paraphernalia given of the evidence provided from me voluntarily, I was placed in handcuffs without Miranda Rights being given to me and place into the squad car to be sent to the police station. From then after booking, processing, and waiting for 3 hours at the county jail I was released. If I plea not guilty to the charges, would any evidence still be used against me or would it be better to plea "no contest"First time offense, 20 years old. Despite having from my knowledge maybe 6 grams of marijuana, somehow the officer put 17.8 grams.
You should consult with an attorney who specializes in the drug defense.pleading not guilty at this stage is the right thing to do until you can review the traffic stop video with your attorney. There may be defenses to the stop, questioning, detention to await drug K9, K9 training, etc. If these defenses are not available, then your attorney may be able to negotiate a deferred judgment to keep a drug conviction of your record and preserve your driving privileges in Iowa.
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