Last week, two separate incidents resulted in the San Diego police confiscating numerous bundles of marijuana and cocaine. In the first incident, a 33-year-old man was pursued by police. Why he was pursued is unknown, but eventually the police caught the young man and arrested him for having 2 ounces of marijuana and 31 grams of cocaine.
The man was charged with numerous crimes and had his bond set at nearly $50,000.
In the other incident, a 35-year-old woman was pulled over by police. During the traffic stop, the police found 80 pounds of marijuana in her car. The woman was charged with numerous crimes and had her bond set at $35,000.
Crimes such as drug trafficking and drug distribution are severely punished in this country, and being that we are near the U.S.-Mexico border, this becomes a major factor in our city. These crimes are often subject to mandatory minimum sentencing penalties, meaning they impose serious minimum consequences on someone regardless of certain circumstances in the case.
Even though you may want to try to talk your way out of the situation by explaining things to the police, you shouldn't do this without a lawyer present. It's easy to assume that the police are understanding people who will try to help you out if they can. That's the way it may appear sometimes on procedural TV shows. But that isn't the way it works in real life.
You have to protect your rights in the wake of a criminal charge, and consulting with a criminal defense attorney is the best way to do that.
Source: Alice Echo-News Journal, "San Diego stops net marijuana and cocaine," Julie Neal, July 30, 2014