It’s not necessary to be a resident of Georgia to be criminally charged here. Two men from another state were recently arrested following a traffic stop. It will be important for them to gain an understanding of the applicable laws in this state as each focuses on preparing a criminal defense.

Police claim that a 22-year-old man was driving at approximately 1:45 a.m. An officer apparently viewed the man fail to signal his turn and also run a red light, which is said to have prompted the traffic stop. The driver had a 19-year-old passenger in his vehicle at the time. During the course of the traffic stop, authorities determined that the driver had multiple outstanding warrants. He also allegedly had marijuana in his possession at the time.

Police say the passenger had a semi-automatic handgun that had an extended magazine, which they say he did not have permission to possess. Both men were arrested, although on different charges. The driver was charged for marijuana possession and multiple traffic violations, and was later released. The passenger was charged with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, marijuana possession and more. His bond was set at $12,500, and he is currently still in police custody.

Facing criminal charges can be an overwhelming and confusing experience. This is especially true for individuals from out of state who might be unfamiliar with Georgia state law. For defendants in this situation, seeking guidance from a knowledgeable attorney when crafting a criminal defense may be most appropriate.