I-95 Illegal Search and Seizure Cases
As reported by WIS TV, the Sumter County Police Department seized approximately $587,603 in cash during a routine traffic stop near mile marker 140 on I-95 in Sumter County, South Carolina.
According to reports, Sumter County Law Enforcement pulled Brooklyn New York Resident Danilo Chambers while he was traveling down I-95. Sumter County Law Enforcement contends that Mr. Chambers behavior was suspicious when he was approached by law enforcement. This suspicious behavior led them to call in a K-9 Unit. The K-9 indicated a positive find both in the trunk and at the passenger door.
After a search, law enforcement recovered the money, which has been turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”). Law enforcement reportedly charged the suspect with money laundering. Mr. Chambers is innocent until proven guilty and has the right to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney knowledgeable regarding illegal search and seizure and fighting asset forfeiture charges.
If you are arrested as a result of a traffic stop and search conducted on I-85, I-26, I-77, I-95 or any other South Carolina Interstate or Highway, there are likely serious Constitutional issues with your case.
In some areas, officers sit on the side of the highway waiting to stop someone who fits their profile for transporting drugs. If you are arrested as the result of a items seized after an I-95 traffic stop, we will challenge the reasonable suspicion cited to pull you over as well as the probable cause claimed to conduct a search and fight to have your charge reduced or even dismissed.
If you are pulled over for something so simple as speeding, approached by a drug dog, and subsequently searched and arrested you have rights issued under the 4th Amendment that protect you against unreasonable searches and seizures.
What is Money Laundering?
Money laundering is engaging in a transaction that involves proceeds from specified illegal activity in an attempt to either promote or conceal that activity.
This charge often appears in conjunction with other allegations, usually in relation to drug crimes, fraud, or other cases where the accused person has obtained money or other property illegally.
The South Carolina Federal Defense Attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC repreent clients under investigation or facing money laundering charges and will fight forfeiture of your assets.
Money laundering is found in Section 1956 of Title 18 of the United States Code. If convicted, money laundering carries a penalty of up to 20 years and a fine of not more than $500,000 or twice the value of the property in the transaction. Penalties can also include criminal forfeiture (forfeiture of assets).
Money Laundering Defenses
The most common defense to money laundering is lack of knowledge or intent. The money laundering defense attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC, may be able to establish that you did not intend to promote unlawful activity or that the transaction was not designed to conceal the unlawful activity.
While related charges can further complicate a money laundering defense or other type of case, it is important to remember that just because you have been accused, doesn’t mean you are guilty.
Forfeiture issues commonly arise as part of an Interstate drug arrest. Law enforcement may seize your assets including the car you were driving and your cash, even if you were simply a passenger. The prosecution will claim the assets seized were used in the commission of a drug crime or paid for with dirty money.
If you have been pulled over and were suspected of drugs, you should contact a criminal defense attorney to ensure that your rights are protected.
The Interstate drug arrest lawyers at the Strom Law Firm are dedicated to protecting your rights, providing aggressive representation grounding in our years of experience handling drug crime cases. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your drug case