One man in California has been accused of committing drug crimes. The man facing drug charges additionally faces weapons charges. He was arrested on a recent Friday morning.
Police were dispatched to a hotel after receiving a call from a concerned citizen. They were told that the man had armed himself with a sawed-off shotgun. Police said that when they got to the scene, they found a man who matched the description they had originally been provided.
Police made contact with the man, age 50, and recovered the shotgun and ammunition. They also allegedly recovered methamphetamine, along with a pipe believed to have been used to smoke the drug. The man was then arrested on multiple drug and firearm violations and booked into jail.
The man facing multiple weapons and drug charges has the right to proceed directly to trial to fight the charges and defend his innocence. At trial, prosecutors must prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt before a conviction can be handed down against him. This standard exists in an effort to prevent innocent individuals from being found guilty of crimes and sentenced accordingly. Instead of going to trial, the man may also be given the chance to strike a plea deal with prosecutors, which may lead to lighter charges or a reduced sentence that is more personally favorable for the accused. The man's criminal defense will strive for an outcome that is ultimately in his best interests, while simultaneously ensuring that the man's rights are upheld at every point in the California criminal justice proceedings.
Source: kerngoldenempire.com, "Police arrest man suspected of drugs and weapons charges", Alan Prock, Sept. 21, 2015