Asked in Criminal Law for Alabama

Q: I was recently pulled over, the officer didn't give reason to why he pulled me over.but he cited me for driv w/ susp &

switched tag. also, I had a warrant for FTA on prev Dr w/susp. I was cuffed put in back of patrol car immediately. he began to search vehicle w/o my knowledge and completely out of sight. he then brought to my attn he found something. he proceeded to pull a Ziploc bag from his shirt pocket containing meth..I had never seen this bag and it's not mine he says I'm playing dumb. I took care of the warrant that I was arrested for and was released from jail 24hrs later. Then, 3days later it is brought to my attn by a fam. member that a warrant has been issued for my arrest for UPOCS. I didn't have anything. is this lawful proceedings? I know he didn't retrieve this from my vehicle, since he pulled it out of his pocket? Right? What do I do?

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Cy Matthew Abdo
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A: You will need consult with an attorney licensed to practice law in your home state which appears to be Alabama. Attorneys are required to meed specific qualifications in order to practice in another state. The warrant made it legal for the police to detain you and search your vehicle prior to impoundment under one or more exceptions to the search warrant requirement. The fact that you did not have knowledge of the the drugs will be something that your attorney will fight. Ask your attorney about taking a private polygraph. Good Luck.

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