The reason that individuals in New Jersey and across the nation have the right to remain silent is because the things that a suspect says can be used against them in the court of law. This right is an effort to prevent an individual form incriminating him or herself. Unfortunately, an out-of-state 19-year-old was his own undoing when he mistakenly pocket dialed 9-1-1.
Dispatchers likely thought that the young man was initially calling because he was in distress, but as they listened in and heard the man and his passengers discussing a drug sale, the dispatcher traced the phone call and sent out authorities. The young man was pulled over and police uncovered what is alleged to be a crack pipe. Consequently, the 19-year-old was arrested and charged with drug paraphernalia charges.
Often, young individuals like this man facing dug paraphernalia charges do not realize the implications of such a conviction. In New Jersey, this is a serious charge that can result in a significant driver's license suspension. This is a charge that juvenile individuals frequently are confronted with as well in New Jersey.
It is critical that if an individual has come under such allegations, they promptly and aggressively defend against the charges leveled against them to pursue the best possible outcome and hopefully avoid conviction. An experienced drug possession lawyer in New Jersey will know how to call into question all aspects surrounding an arrest and subsequent charges. Such an advocate is often the most important component in combating such charges.
Source: Associated Press, "Pocket-dial 911 leads to drug arrest," Jan. 31, 2013