2 men face drug charges in California

Two men accused of using drugs are currently facing criminal charges in the state of California. Drug charges were filed against them after police received a call about one of the men acting strangely near a business. The call came shortly after 8:40 a.m. on a recent Tuesday.

Police said when they responded to the call, they came into contact with a man who they later determined to be high. They took the man, 39 years old, into custody with no problems. Then, they saw a second man nearby, waiting in the car that apparently belonged to the first man.

After police searched the car, they reportedly discovered burglary tools as well as drug paraphernalia. The second man, a 22-year-old, was also taken into custody on charges of possessing the drug paraphernalia and burglary kit. Both were said to have been under the influence of drugs. The bail set for the first man was $2,500, while that for the second man was $3,500.

Being arrested on drug charges in the state of California does not mean an automatic jail sentence, as innocence is presumed until and unless guilt is proved by prosecutors in a court of law. The prosecution has to prove every element of the charges beyond a reasonable doubt in order for a conviction to be possible. Rather than going to trial, a defendant may opt to pursue negotiations for a plea agreement with the prosecution. A plea deal, when available, may offer lesser charges and thus a lighter sentence than what may result following a guilty verdict at trial.

Source: Temecula, CA, Patch, "Men Arrested With Drugs, Burglary Tools Near Temecula Business: Police", Renee Schiavone, Feb. 22, 2017

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