By now, we all know that one of the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to practice social distancing. Believe it or not, those who do not practice social distancing are increasing their odds of getting arrested for transportation of marijuana for sale in Arizona.
Not Social Distancing Is a Reason for the Police to Stop You
In Arizona, it's common for police officers working on Arizona’s highways, particularly in Coconino, Maricopa, Mohave, and Pinal County to pull over people for following another vehicle too closely; that is, not social distancing. Often times the driver will meet a profile, such as out of state license plates, single male occupant, etc., giving the officer a hunch that marijuana is being transported for sale. Officers look for, and sometimes even invent, a traffic violation as a basis to stop the car and further investigate.
Social Distancing Means Not Answering a Police Officer’s Questions
When a police officer pulls someone over whom they suspect of trafficking marijuana for sale, they often ask a lot of questions – questions that are designed to create probable cause to search the car. You don’t have to answer the officer’s questions. While the officer may not read you your rights, you can certainly ask to talk to a lawyer before you answer his or her questions. This is yet another way that you can practice good social distancing and keep yourself out of jail.
If You Don’t Social Distance, You’ll Eventually Get COVID-19
Even if you are responsible and practice good social distancing, some things may not be avoidable. If you are around someone who has not been so responsible, it’s possible that they could transmit the virus to you. Because it is currently believed that the virus can live on surfaces for hours or even days, you may contract the virus if you are not wearing gloves.
The same holds true if you transport marijuana for sale in Arizona. You can take precautions, but sooner or later you will get caught. It’s a numbers game.
If you get COVID-19, you should immediately call a doctor. If you get arrested for transportation of marijuana for sale in Arizona, you should immediately call an experienced criminal defense attorney like Jason Lamm. Jason devotes a large part of his practice to representing those charged with marijuana trafficking charges and has achieved some amazing results for his clients.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay out of jail. But if for some reason you do get arrested for transportation of marijuana in Arizona, call Jason Lamm at (602) 663-9100 to set up a confidential consultation. Just like COVID-19, we can beat this together.