North Carolina residents expect their homes to be places where they can feel safe, secure and have a sense of privacy. When people are suspected of crimes, law enforcement officials will sometimes search the homes of those accused. This is a common scenario for those in North Carolina who are suspected of possessing drugs. However, police officers must either get consent from the homeowner or a search warrant to legally enter and search a person’s residence.
Suspects arrested on drug charges
Recently in Winston-Salem, several people were arrested and hit with drug charges after police searched a home. The incident happened just before 6 p.m. on North Patterson Avenue. Reports said officers executed a search warrant, entered the home and located drugs and drug paraphernalia.
According to police reports, a total of five people were arrested. Reportedly, three of those arrested were charged with selling and possession of illegal drugs, as well as other charges. One suspect was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and another person was already wanted for violating probation.
Those arrested have rights
When a person is arrested in his or her own home, the experience can be traumatic and unnerving. However, if officers did not obtain either consent or a search warrant, any charges received could be thrown out altogether. Drug charges are serious, but those in North Carolina who have been arrested and receive these types of charges have the right to seek legal counsel. A knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney can protect the individual rights of those who have been charged and offer invaluable guidance throughout the process.