One man in California has been arrested and currently faces felony drug charges, as well as weapon charges, after police said he was involved in a high-speed police pursuit. Facing drug charges can be frightening because these accusations can quickly ruin a person's reputation in the community and lead to undesirable penalties, such as jail time. Fortunately, any person accused of a drug crime is presumed innocent until and unless proved guilty in criminal court.
According to police, the man was involved in a chase with California officers on a recent Saturday afternoon after authorities pulled him over due to a missing front license plate. The man reportedly stopped for police but then took off when a police officer got out of the patrol car. Police then chased him along Highway 1.
Police said they witnessed the man toss a rifle and two pistols out of the vehicle's window. Police eventually reached the vehicle and took the man into custody. Meanwhile, his passenger escaped and is now being sought by police. The man who was taken into custody has pleaded not guilty to a total of 10 drug and weapons charges.
The man may be provided with the chance to enter into a plea agreement with prosecutors in this case, and doing so may result in a lighter sentence for him. He can also choose to simply proceed to trial, where it is on the shoulders of prosecutors to prove the drug charges beyond a reasonable doubt. If they fail to adequately prove that he committed a drug crime, the man cannot legally be convicted in California.
Source: Pacifica, CA, Patch, "Man Facing Weapons, Drug Charges After Police Pursuit", Renee Schiavone, April 22, 2015