Man accused of drug possession, spousal abuse

A drug charge has been filed against a man in California who police said committed drug violations in addition to engaging in domestic violence. His arrest for drug possession occurred on a recent Wednesday. Police arrested the man after they reportedly found both drugs and drug paraphernalia inside his home.

Police responded to the man's home on a Monday for an investigation into reported domestic violence. A woman is said to have told police that she and the man had been dating since November 2015 and that they had had previous domestic violence incidents between them. Police said she told them that at a little before midnight, the couple had engaged in a verbal fight that ended up becoming violent.

The fight allegedly took place because the man was upset since he felt that the woman had told an untruth to him. Authorities said the man then grabbed the woman by the shoulders, threw her down and struck her face. The woman said the blow to her face's right side, either with a closed fist or open hand, caused her pain and a ringing in the ear. Since the man was not at the home at the time of their investigation, police returned to the home a couple of days later with an arrest warrant for him. When they went to get him, they reportedly found many of the small types of bags commonly utilized for packing drugs for sale, and they also found two scales, a transaction sheet, small balloons and some methamphetamine.

The man, who has been charged with both drug possession and spousal abuse, has the right to go to trial to vigorously fight these formal accusations. California prosecutors must prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt before the man can be convicted. If he is convicted of the abuse of his spouse, he may be sentenced to the state prison for no more than four years, be fined no more than $6,000 or face a combination of prison time and a fine. If he is convicted of possessing a drug for sale, he may be sentenced to prison for no more than three years. The criminal defense will push for the most personally favorable outcome in the man's case while also striving to protect his rights.

Source: alpenhornnews.com, "Domestic Disturbance Ends with Narcotic Arrest", Chuck Wyatt, April 22, 2016

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