A 17-year-old California man is facing various charges after law enforcement officials claim they found drugs and several guns in his possession. Another man at the scene was also taken into police custody as a result of the police search.
The incident occurred before 6 p.m. in Fairfield on Oct. 24. According to the report, police conducted a probation search and discovered an ounce of marijuana, a half-pound of a substance they allege to be methamphetamine, a loaded .380 automatic handgun and a loaded .32 caliber revolver. They reportedly also found a large sum of money, suggesting the man was involved in drug sales.
The man was detained for violating his probation and possessing the drugs and guns. The other individual at the scene was a 25-year-old man from Vacaville who was detained on an outstanding warrant charge for a separate incident.
When people are charged for possession of a controlled substance in California, they could be penalized with probation, a lengthy jail or prison sentence and steep fines. Mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes even apply to first offenders and those who were found with a relatively small amount of the substance. A conviction could also have a negative impact on the defendant's property rights, driving privileges and ability to obtain employment.
A local criminal defense attorney could analyze a defendant's case to see what strategies could be used to weaken the charges and mitigate the penalties. The attorney could also explain the defendant's rights and work to protect them. For instance, if there is evidence that shows the responding officers did not comply with proper protocol at the time they took the defendant into custody, the lawyer might be able to argue that any evidence collected at the scene is invalid.
Source: WJHL, "California teen arrested for possession of drugs, guns," Aniseh Hamour, Oct. 25, 2015