The unbelievable case of the mistaken substance identity…

September 29, 2009

Mr. Donald May of central Florida was driving home from work when he was stopped by police for having an expired tag. At the time of the traffic stop, Mr. May was chewing on breath mints. Because the police officer thought the white matter in Mr. May's mouth was crack cocaine, he arrested him on drug possession and evidence tampering charges.

The police officer then took some of the mints from Mr. May's mouth and put them in a plastic bag for lab testing. Later, the police officer claimed he field-tested the evidence he took from Mr. May's mouth and it tested positive for drugs. Unable to post bond, Mr. May spent three months in jail waiting for more definitive test results from the state labs.

Whether or not you believe the police officer's claim of drug findings in his field-test results of the mints, you may be interested to know that field tests for drugs are disturbingly inaccurate. Many common items can trigger false positives, including chocolate, soy milk, and natural soaps.

During the three months he was in jail, Mr. May lost his apartment, his car, his personal possessions, and his job. The police took possession of his car as evidence and it ended up being sold at a police auction.

After three months, the police department received a letter from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement with the lab test results: the substance was not cocaine. The substance in Mr. May's mouth truly was breath mints. The state dropped all charges against Mr. May.

Mr. May has filed a lawsuit for false arrest and imprisonment, as well as a federal civil suit against the city. The police officer is no longer employed by the police department.

Does Mr. May have a great case or what?


Reckless Driving tickets in Pennsylvania

September 1, 2009

If you have been charged with Reckless Driving in PA, you will be facing increased auto insurance rates, an expensive fine, and a six month license suspension.

We have created a new webpage regarding Reckless Driving charges in Pennsylvania. If you have been charged with Reckless Driving, click here for more information.

Do not just plead guilty by signing the form from the local District Justice Court. If you do, you will receive an automatic 6-month suspension from PennDot.

It is definitely worth consulting with an experienced Bucks County traffic ticket lawyer if you have been charged with Reckless Driving. Contact us for a free consultation.


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