You did everything right as a parent, including sending your child off to a great school in Pennsylvania, trusting him to make good decisions in another state. Then you get a troubling phone call: He has been charged with marijuana possession. Amid your shock and disappointment, you might have a lot of questions about the charges.
Drug charges arise from a variety of circumstances, but often people find themselves charged with a drug offense after what started out as a routine traffic stop. Let's be clear, though: a police officer does not automatically have a right to search your vehicle when you've been pulled over for an alleged traffic violation.