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Drug suspect faces more charges after fleeing police

There are a lot of reasons that someone could face drug charges in Georgia that are more severe than any crime that was committed. In fact, one of the reasons charges may be too steep is if prosecutors believe a person was knowingly in possession of drugs or drug-related paraphernalia when he or she was not.

It may be tempting to try to interfere with a police officer's investigation. A man from Rome is facing drug charges after refusing to identify himself to police officers. He then fled the scene but was apprehended while possessing several illegal substances.

One of the charges filed against the suspect was obstruction of law enforcement officers. The charge on its own is a misdemeanor, but it can mean a steep fine or jail time on top of other charges that police were already investigating.

It is always best to cooperate with law enforcement commands during the process of arrest unless they are in violation of a person's guaranteed rights. An attorney can protest the admissibility of evidence or the applicability of criminal charges after an arrest if police or federal agents were mishandling suspects or evidence.

Lawyers are also able to negotiate with prosecutors to reduce or dismiss some of a series of criminal charges. This may be in return for cooperation with law enforcement on related charges or an exchange of probation or early parole for jail time.

People facing drug charges should always exercise their right to legal representation when they are facing arrest or prosecutors are filing charges. No one should have to face the criminal justice system without help.

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