A 30-year-old California man was taken into custody on April 11 after he was reported to be wandering down the street in a disoriented state. When Fresno County Sheriff's deputies found the man, they recognized him from previous contacts. At that time, he was staring into a parked car from a median.
The man was wearing multiple layers of clothing, and one was a jumpsuit from the county jail as well as two T-shirts that were the jail's property. He also had four meth pipes and had converted two of them for smoking crack. Authorities say the man claimed he bought the jumpsuit from someone.
The man is facing several misdemeanor charges including resisting arrest, possessing drug paraphernalia and possession of stolen property. According to deputies, since 2005, he had been in jail 40 times with his most recent stay there in February.
Some people may think that misdemeanors are not very serious or that if they are taken into custody for possessing a small amount of drugs, they will not face severe penalties. However, any kind of drug charges might be serious, and they can also affect people's careers and other aspects of their lives. Therefore, a person in such a situation may want to work with an attorney. One thing an attorney might look at in a case like this is how the search was conducted. If there was an illegal search and seizure, then the evidence might be excluded or the case might be dismissed. Another option might be a deal with the prosecution in which a defendant pleads guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for a reduced penalty.
Source: KHQ, "California man arrested wearing jail jumpsuit says he got it off the streets," Matt Pusatory, April 13, 2016