A man in California was recently arrested in connection with firearm and drug crimes. The arrests took place on a Monday afternoon. However, those facing weapon or drug charges in California are always presumed innocent unless and until prosecutors can prove their guilt in a court of law.
In the recent drug and firearm case, police reported that a call came to them at a little past 4 p.m. regarding a suspicious automobile near a street intersection. When they got to the area, they pulled the car over for violating a vehicle code. They then began their investigation of the automobile.
Authorities reportedly discovered drug paraphernalia, ammunition and narcotics in the car. They said they also found an assault weapon that was loaded -- a weapon that the state banned. At that time, police arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of possessing the drugs and drug paraphernalia, having the ammunition and firearm in his possession while being a felon and having a prohibited weapon.
When facing weapon or drug charges in California, having a qualified attorney is critical, as these types of charges can lead to convictions with serious consequences. A defendant who ends up being convicted may face time behind bars and later on struggle to claim jobs due to his or her criminal record, for example. An attorney can scrutinize the police's process during the traffic stop and may be able to find weaknesses in it in order to get the charges dismissed or reduced depending on the circumstances surrounding the case.
Source: vcstar.com, "Police arrest Santa Paula man on suspicion of firearm and drug charges", Jeremy Childs, June 5, 2017