An individual in California has been arrested and charged with committing crimes involving drugs. He recently decided to strike a plea deal with prosecutors in light of the drug charges. As part of the deal, the man will end up spending a few years behind bars.
The arrest took place after police raided a home, where they reportedly found methamphetamine as well as rifles and guns. Police said the home also contained ammunition, a rocket launcher and stolen property. The stolen property included electronics, such as disc jockey equipment, sterling silver, collectibles valued at about $20,000 and jewelry.
A 31-year-old man was one of five individuals arrested after authorities served a warrant at the home. After entering a plea agreement, he automatically received a prison sentence of four years plus four months. He pleaded guilty to a felony count of possessing drugs to be sold as well as a felony count of firearm possession. In exchange for this, the prosecution dropped five other charges at the felony level related to weapons.
When a person faces drug charges in California, he or she may opt to plea bargain with prosecutors, which may lead to lesser charges and therefore a lighter sentence. Otherwise, the charged person can simply go to trial and defend himself or herself against the charges. A chief focus of the criminal defense may be on the evidence that the prosecution plans to present in order to support the charges. The job of the criminal defense is to make sure that the accused person's rights are not violated during the criminal proceeding while striving for the best result possible for the defendant, given the circumstances surrounding the case.
Source: Palm Desert, CA, Patch, "Man Gets Four-Year Sentence After Pleading Guilty to Drug, Gun Charges", Renee Schiavone, March 10, 2015