Gardena, Marijuana Sales, 45 Days of Cal-Trans, Dismissal
Police then pulled up to our client’s car, still parked and asked our client to step out. Our client was on probation from a DUI conviction about a year earlier, so when asked if he was on probation, he stated he indeed was on probation.Without All the Details, What Happened?: Client arrested in Gardena for sales of a controlled substance. Case filed in Torrance Superior Court. Case resolved for 45 days of Cal-Trans in diversion deal, so case would be dismissed if client performs his Cal-Trans obligation.
As he stepped out of the car, he was literally holding a digital scale in his hand. Police then searched the car and found eight identical baggies with equal weights of marijuana inside. Police also found $700 in twenty-dollar bills and a sheet of paper with names and dollar amounts listed (a “pay-owe” sheet). This was obviously not good, especially because our client was not a U.S. citizen.
Indeed, a conviction for sales of a controlled substance was certainly a crime of moral turpitude.
Greg Hill met with the client on a Sunday afternoon and listened to the client’s story about his case. Greg Hill then appeared with the client in the Torrance Superior Court and discussed the case at length with the calendar district attorney assigned to the case up to, but not including the preliminary hearing.
The district attorney seemed sympathetic to the client and appreciated our client’s candor during the arrest. Because the case involved sales, our client was ineligible for a diversion program such as Proposition 36 or PC1000.
The big thing for our client was that he was able to avoid any jail time, which could have triggered an immigration hold and then deportation proceedings.
Our client was extremely happy with the case, not just to avoid prison and the consequences this would have on himself and his family, but that he would be able to “earn a dismissal” (which he did later).
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