A man in another state was placed under arrest Wednesday after police say he tried to sell drugs to a teenager, who he thought was another person. According to a story by the Associated Press, the man was arrested because police say he texted a thirteen-year-old boy asking him if he wanted to buy ecstasy. The boy then reportedly showed the text message to a school police officer, who set up a meeting between the man and an undercover officer.
Police in Maryland and across the country often arrest people for alleged drug crimes through undercover operations or "stings." There is often oversight that must go into these situations to make sure police officers aren't breaking the law. Sometimes police make mistakes when they are gathering evidence against a person they suspect is committing a crime, or proper authority isn't given to the police conducting the investigation. When law enforcement officers break laws or procedures while they are gathering evidence, they might be violating the rights of the person they will eventually accuse of a crime.
When a person is accused of crime, it is important that they understand their rights. Speaking with an experienced criminal defense attorney can make sure a person's rights aren't violated during the legal process. Reviewing how a person was arrested and how evidence was gathered might be crucial to a person's defense.
If an officer violated the person's rights through the course of an investigation, the evidence against them might be inadmissible in some cases, because it could lead to a wrongful conviction.
Source: Associated Press, "Errant text message leads to drug arrest in Idaho," March 7, 2013
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