Four men were taken into custody recently in California for allegedly committing drug and weapons crimes. Their arrests on weapons, as well as drug charges, were made on a Friday night in September. These arrests happened at a hotel.
At around 9:45 p.m., a police officer was patrolling and reportedly saw a man in the parking lot of a hotel toss a gun underneath a vehicle that was parked. Police said three more men were in a nearby vehicle. There was allegedly a strong smell of marijuana emanating from the automobile as well.
The person driving the vehicle was determined to be on searchable parole. Police said when they searched the vehicle, they discovered a second gun, as well as a large amount of marijuana, that had been packaged to be sold. All of the four men at the scene were taken into custody at that time.
When people in California face drug charges or other criminal charges, it is within their rights to proceed to trial to vigorously fight these allegations. Prosecutors must prove their charges beyond a reasonable doubt before any convictions can be secured. A careful examination of the evidence that the prosecution plans to present to support the charges may be a chief area of focus for the criminal defense. However, rather than going to trial, a defendant may decide to seek to negotiate a plea deal with the prosecution, especially if the prosecution's evidence appears to be strong. A plea agreement may offer the benefit of leading to a lighter sentence than what would be imposed following a guilty verdict at trial.
Source: Newark, CA, Patch, "Newark Police Arrest 4 on Guns, Drug Charges", Bea Karnes, Sept. 27, 2016