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Georgia readers may be interested to learn that a Florida man who was wrongly detained for drug possession has filed a lawsuit against a drug test manufacturer and against the city of Orlando. The officers who took him into custody mistook doughnut glaze found in the man's car first for crack cocaine and then for methamphetamine.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was stopped by police December 2015 for a traffic infraction. During the stop, officers noticed a sticky substance on his car floor. The man told the officer that the substance was glaze from a Krispy Kreme doughnut, but they said they thought it might be crack cocaine. Later, they said it could be methamphetamine. Two roadside drug tests made by Safariland showed the sugar glaze contained meth.

The plaintiff was detained for drug possession with a firearm. He spent several hours in jail before he was released on a $2,500 bond. Weeks later, testing at a state crime lab proved the doughnut glaze "wasn't a controlled substance," and all charges were dropped. The plaintiff is suing for $15,000 in damages. A recent investigation by The New York Times and ProPublica concluded there were reasons to "suspect" thousands of people are wrongly convicted over faulty roadside drug tests each year.

A lawyer might be able to help protect a defendant's rights throughout the legal process, including during police questioning. Depending on the details of the case, legal counsel could work to build a strong defense against the allegations. If the evidence against a defendant is strong, a lawyer may recommend negotiating with prosecutors for a plea bargain that reduces charges in exchange for a guilty plea.

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