“When I was arrested by the Feds on Drug Conspiracy charges, they told me I was facing mandatory life in federal prison without the possibility of parole. I knew that I was innocent, but I was scared . . . so I knew that I would have to find a lawyer who was not afraid of the Feds and would take my case to trial. I chose Greg Robey because he is a fighter. After over 2 weeks in a federal jury trial, I was found Not Guilty of all charges. My family and I am forever grateful to Mr. Robey.” -L.B., Mansfield, Ohio
Even a minor equipment infraction such as a broken tail light can be enough for police to stop drivers in Ohio. On their own, these infractions can lead to relatively minor misdemeanor charges. However, violating the window tinting laws can arouse suspicion. Unless violators give permission, police cannot conduct a warrantless search based solely on a tinted window — but officers can take additional actions to develop grounds for a warrantless search.
In two recent cases, external vehicle inspections by drug-sniffing dogs provided justification for warrantless vehicle searches. While police initiated both stops based solely on the excessively tinted windows, police became more suspicious after the November 3, 2013 stops, according to a story reported by Cleveland.com:
Positive external dog-sniff alerts are considered probable cause to conduct a search under the law, typically eliminating the removal of drug evidence before a case goes to trial. However, experienced drug defense attorneys can use other methods for obtaining the best possible outcomes for clients facing drug charges.