A man was recently taken into custody on California drug charges. His arrest occurred following a traffic stop in Santa Cruz County. Fortunately, when people are arrested on drug charges in California or elsewhere, they are always presumed innocent until and unless their guilt is proved beyond a reasonable doubt before a criminal court.
The man's arrest on drug charges took place on Monday, March 13. Police reported that they stopped the man's car in the early morning hours. That is when they reportedly found drugs that had been hidden inside the motor vehicle. It is unclear on what basis the authorities sought to search the vehicle.
Police said that the driver was actually taken into custody on similar charges just a few weeks prior to the traffic stop. The nature of those charges was not reported. Following the man's most recent arrest, he was booked into the local county jail.
When facing drug charges, an individual in the state of California has a couple of options, with the first being to go to trial to fight the allegations vigorously, while the other option is to pursue negotiations for a plea agreement with the prosecution. The benefit of a plea deal is that it may result in lesser charges and thus a more lenient sentence than what would be imposed following a guilty verdict at trial. The weight of the evidence that the prosecution plans to offer in support of its allegations may help in determining how to proceed. In either situation, defense counsel will focus on ensuring that all of the client's rights are honored during every stage of the criminal proceedings.
Source: Scotts Valley, CA, Patch, "Traffic Stop Leads To Discovery of Drugs Hidden Inside Car, Scotts Valley Police Say", Autumn Johnson, March 22, 2017