Drug Stops Along Nebraska Interstates
Are you an out-of-state driver who has been stopped along I-80 or I-29 in Nebraska? The police target out-of-state drivers traveling through the state who they suspect to be transporting drugs. Often, elements of these traffic stops are illegal.
At Monzón Law, P.C., L.L.O., we challenge interstate drug traffic stops and defend people charged with drug crimes. Contact a lawyer in Lincoln, Nebraska if you have been pulled over in a ruse drug stop.
Targeting Out-of-state Drivers
The police cannot stop a vehicle simply because they suspect the driver of transporting drugs. However, they can stop a vehicle for other reasons like speeding, running a stop sign, or missing a taillight.
When an officer stops a vehicle for a non-drug related offense, he or she has clearance to question the driver about suspected drug activity. Often, the police will ask the driver if they are carrying anything illegal in the vehicle. If the driver replies "no", the police will proceed by asking to search the vehicle. As a part of this ruse traffic stop, another officer with a drug dog may "just happen" to be in the area and proceed to search the car. What began as a simple traffic stop can spiral into a full-blown drug bust.
Important information regarding interstate drug traffic stops:
If you are pulled over by the police, and they don't arrest you for an offense, you do not have to answer all of their questions. You do not have to consent to a search. The police need probable cause or a warrant to search your vehicle.
If the officer does not indicate you are in custody, politely indicate that you need to go.
In Nebraska, drug checkpoint stops are most common in Hamilton County, Buffalo County, and Holt County. However, they may occur anywhere along I-80 or I-29 — the "drug pipeline", as the police call it.
If you have been targeted by the Nebraska police while traveling through the state, and they have discovered drugs in your vehicle, contact our law firm as soon as possible. We are skilled at challenging every aspect of the drug stop. We frequently reference United States v. Gault, a U. S. Supreme Court case that addresses issues related to the gathering of information by police.
Are you ready to provide the legal aid you need in an interstate drug traffic case? At Monzón Law, P.C., L.L.O., we defend people facing criminal drug charges based on evidence gathered in a drug stop along I-80 or I-29 in Nebraska. Contact an attorney at (800) 694-5532 to discuss your case in a free consultation.