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New Jersey man faces drug charge after text message mix-up

The police have many ways of obtaining information that can lead to drug charges. In some cases, people make things more difficult on themselves by handing information to the police without even realizing it, or without knowing that they do not have to share certain information with police. One New Jersey man is now facing a drug charge after he allegedly inadvertently alerted the police to his own drug deal.

The man allegedly mistakenly texted a police officer’s new cell phone in an attempt to set up a drug deal. When the officer showed up at the agreed-upon location, the now-defendant became suspicious and fled the scene. He was later pulled over, and even though he did not give consent, police searched his vehicle after a police dog sniffed out drugs in the car. 

Police officers found drugs and other drug-related items in his car, and he will now have to deal with the burden of criminal charges. This case highlights the difficulties faced by some criminal defendants, as they can put themselves in difficult positions by unknowingly surrendering information to authorities. Though the man likely did not intend to give the police information about an impending drug deal, once officers obtained that information, they used it.  

The man will appear in court on drug charges later this month, and for people in his position, a strong defense is critical. Even when the state’s evidence seems very strong, defense lawyers can often secure a favorable plea agreement or have accused drug possessors tracked into one of the state’s drug programs, among other options.

Source: NJ.com, “Man faces drug charges after text to cop about sale,” Oct. 1, 2013

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