A Nassau County social worker is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 14 in connection with drug charges stemming back to late September. The arrest took place during a traffic stop in North Massapequa. Police allege that the woman was speeding on the Southern State Parkway. They claim to have smelled marijuana in the woman’s vehicle. Police then initiated a search and made the subsequent drug charges.

There was allegedly marijuana on the front seat of the vehicle. After searching the woman, police claim to have found several small plastic bags containing marijuana, two green tablets believed to be the drug ecstasy and marijuana paraphernalia. The woman was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and traffic violations.

Drug charges in New York can be serious and often have severe consequences. In this particular case, the woman may lose her job as well as suffer any legal sentencing the court may apply if she is convicted. But it’s important to remember that being charged with a crime is not the same as being convicted of that crime.

New Yorkers have certain legal rights when it comes to search and seizure. There may be issues with how the police discovered the alleged drugs inside the woman’s vehicle, or there could be other factors that might help the woman defend herself against the charges. In cases such as this, solid legal consultation is often the best option for the best possible outcome.

Source: Long Island Press, “Nassau social worker facing drug charges,” Timothy Bolger, Oct. 03, 2011