In the state of Michigan, drug possession can lead to serious penalties, including time behind bars and felony charges. If you are arrested more than once you may be seen as a habitual offender and the maximum penalty could be increased.
A 21-year-old Michigan man may be facing these consequences after he was arrested and charged with drug possession with intent to deliver and resisting a police officer. The man was stopped by authorities after they noticed his license plate was suspended. When two police deputies approached the vehicle, they believed the man was trying to hide something when he put his hands in the pocket of his sweatshirt.
Although the officers ordered the man to get out of the car, he allegedly did not budge and would not open the door. Eventually they got him out of the vehicle and found around $2,500 in cash on him. They also noticed the smell of marijuana inside the vehicle, so they searched the car. They allegedly found cocaine along with a number of paraphernalia that could be used to manufacture and sell drugs.
The man was the victim of a well-publicized shooting in Michigan three years ago when he was shot in the head while riding in a car. He underwent surgery and made what appears to be a full recovery.
Because this is not his first arrest, the man is being charged as a third-time habitual offender. The penalties associated with this are nothing to mess around with; he faces a maximum of 40 years behind bars if he is convicted. He would be well advised to retain a lawyer to represent him in court.
Source: M Live, “Muskegon 2010 shooting victim faces drug-related felonies after weekend arrest,” Heather Lynn Peters, July 29, 2013