Pomona 198 Grams of Pot, Second Offense, 90 Days County
Without All the Details, What Happened?: Client on probation for vandalism found with 198 grams of marijuana and $3,400 in cash, charged with possession with intent to sell for second time in five years, plea bargain to 90 days county jail.
Police, however, proceeded to rummage through the rest of the house, room by room. They entered our client’s room and found 198 grams of marijuana (about 7.5 ounces) split between two plastic ziplock bags. They found no scale, no pay-owe sheets, no individual baggies, only one cell phone. Our client did not have a medical recommendation for use of marijuana, which would have allowed him to legally have up to eight ounces of marijuana.
Our client had been convicted of sales four years earlier, so when police asked him if he had sold marijuana, he answered “yes.” The police immediately arrested him to possession of marijuana for sales.
The client posted a bail bond (bail was set at $100,000) and called Greg Hill & Associates once he got home. He told Greg about what happened and what he was facing, especially since he had a prior conviction for the same thing and was on probation. Greg asked about a search warrant and whether the client consented to the search. The client stated there was no warrant and he did not consent to the search. He also explained how the $3,400 found in his room was rent money for his new business and showed Greg the lease and his business license.
Greg explained that when someone is on probation, the person does waive his Fourth Amendment rights as a condition of probation, but this does not permit searches undertaken for harassment or searches for arbitrary or capricious reasons. People v. Bravo (1987) 43 Cal.3d. 600, 610, 238 Cal. Rptr. 282, 738 P.2d 336.
Greg then filed a motion to suppress the evidence, arguing the same reasoning of why the search was illegal.
The prosecutor remained stuck on three years as the proper plea bargain. Greg then went and spoke with the prosecutor’s supervisor, who read the motion to suppress and understood the issues. He then reduced the three year offer to ninety days.
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