Drug, child endangerment charges against Nadia Lockyer dropped

Drug charges against former Alameda County supervisor Nadia Lockyer have been dismissed. She was arrested on suspicion of drug and child endangerment charges last year in Southern California. At the time of her arrest, she was living in Orange.

The case arose from some kind of alleged tip that Ms. Lockyer may have been involved with drugs. Authorities raided her home in August 2012 and claim to have found drugs and drug paraphernalia. Her 9-year-old child also lived in the same home, according to police. When police sought to arrest her, authorities claim that she was under the influence of methamphetamine. Based upon the circumstances, she was charged with drug charges, as well as child endangerment.

The former supervisor underwent treatment while the case remained pending. Her husband, California Treasurer Bill Lockyer, previously had filed for divorce. But, since Ms. Lockyer showed tremendous progress with drug treatment, the couple has reunited and the divorce has been called off, according to an Associated Press account carried by the San Jose Mercury News.

Drug cases in California may involve different avenues for resolution. A person accused of a drug crime may aggressively defend against the charges, including bringing constitutional challenges where appropriate. State and federal agencies aggressively pursue drug crimes. But, the Constitution places limits on government actions-- when law enforcement crosses the line with unlawful procedures, the issues may be resolved in the criminal case.

Drug diversion programs may occasionally be beneficial in a drug crime case in California.

In the recent criminal case against Ms. Lockyer, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the charges related to her extensive rehabilitation, according to the Associated Press.

Source: San Jose Mercury News, “Drug charges dropped for California Treasurer Bill Lockyer's wife,” Associated Press, Jan. 20, 2014

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