Police arrest man after search allegedly turns up drugs and stolen property

An Alabama man faces a long list of criminal charges after a recent search of his home by police. Authorities say drugs, drug paraphernalia, stolen property and guns were found inside the man's home.

The 23-year-old was arrested and charged with various drug crimes, some of which include unlawful possession of a controlled substance and distribution of a controlled substance. He also has been charged with possession of a forged instrument and receiving stolen property.

Authorities had a warrant to search the man's home. It is unknown what led them to obtain a warrant. However, a search warrant can only be issued if police can show probable cause.

The Fourth Amendment guarantees that citizens of the United States will not be subjected to unreasonable searches and seizures. Evidence that is obtained illegally cannot be used in court.

Criminal cases can be complex. It is often difficult for someone charged with a crime to fully understand the criminal justice system in a matter of days or weeks. Fortunately, people who are charged with serious crimes can reach out to legal professionals for assistance. Criminal defense attorneys have a broad understanding of the laws.

There are times when people make poor choices and become involved in bad situations. There are others, however, who are entirely innocent of any wrongdoing. In both instances, people are considered innocent unless prosecutors can prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

It's often easy to assume someone who is charged with a serious crime is guilty. However, everyone should have the chance to present their side of the story.

Source: AL.com, "Hueytown man faces drug, stolen property charges after bust," Jon Reed, March 27, 2013

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