Two individuals who police believe were associated with a car that had been stolen were taken into custody recently in California. They now face several criminal charges, including drug charges. Their arrests occurred on a Monday afternoon.
Police reported that a woman and man returned to a car they had reportedly stolen. At that point, police confronted them, and the man is said to have tried to flee the scene. Following a brief foot chase, the 35-year-old was arrested. The 20-year-old woman was arrested without a problem.
The man is being held on a parole hold and also faces charges for resisting arrest. He has also been accused of possession of personal identification information, stolen property and a stolen motor vehicle. The woman was charged with possessing dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia. Her other charges include possession of personal identification information and stolen property as well as violating the terms of her probation.
Anyone facing California drug charges has the right to contest the accusations in court. At trial, prosecutors must prove the formal allegations beyond a reasonable doubt and by relevant evidence before any conviction can be handed down. As an alternative to trial, the defendant may seek to strike a plea deal with prosecutor, which may lead to lesser charges or a lighter sentence than what would be imposed following a finding of guilt at trial. In either scenario, defense counsel will work to ensure that the client's rights are fully protected at all stages of the criminal proceedings.
Source: Danville, CA, Patch, "Parolee, Companion Arrested For Possessing Stolen Car, Drug Charges Following Foot Pursuit: Police", Autumn Johnson, Jan. 24, 2017