Man faces drug charges following hit-and-run crash

Several charges, including those related to drugs, were recently filed against a man in California. The drug charges came after police said the man crashed his vehicle and fled from officers. The crash happened along Highway 101.

According to police, the 26-year-old man was driving a car south on a Monday morning. He suddenly lost control of the vehicle. He ended up hitting a guardrail located in the median but still kept driving. At that point, witnesses dialed 911.

The man's car eventually became disabled, and he ran away, but authorities later found him at a nearby home, where he was trying to conceal himself in the backyard. The man was jailed on charges of possessing drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence of an illegal drug. His other criminal charges include the obstruction of a police officer and hit and run. The man furthermore faces several probation violations, along with misdemeanor forgery charges. His bail was set at more than $52,000.

Authorities are aggressive in their pursuit of convictions for drug crimes. However, people in California who face drug charges have the right to vigorously defend themselves against these charges at trial, where the prosecution must prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt before convictions can happen. Instead of proceeding to trial, however, a defendant may decide to accept a plea deal with proper legal guidance, if such a deal is offered by prosecutors. A plea agreement may lead to reduced charges and/or a lighter sentence than what would be imposed following a finding of guilt at trial.

Source: ksby.com, "CHP says hit and run suspect found hiding in backyard", July 26, 2016

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