Torrance, Possession of Meth for Sales; Plea to Possession
Off he went to the Inglewood police station, where he had been many times before. He was held on $30,000 bond for violating Health and Safety Code § 11378, possession of methamphetamine for purposes of sale.In a Nutshell: Client arrested in Inglewood in 2002 for possession of meth for sales. The plea bargain offered by the DA was six years in state prison due to his two prior convictions for residential burglary. Client then flees to Las Vegas for 16 years. Bench warrant recalled in 2018 by our office and case reduced to misdemeanor for simple possession, no jail and 160 hours of community service.
The client’s friends cobbled together bail and had him released. He then hired a private attorney and fought the case based on an improper traffic stop and then an illegal search and seizure, in violation of the Fourth Amendment.
The offer at that time was six years in state prison, which our client refused to accept. The case was then transferred to the Torrance Superior Court for trial.
The client retained the same private attorney for services up to trial, but after four court appearances in Torrance, he fled to Las Vegas and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. At the time, his girlfriend had just given birth to his son and he did not want to leave the son for six years and miss so much of his life.
Fast forward sixteen years to 2018 and our client was still aware of the outstanding warrant. He had become a successful agent for several rap singers and other actors who lived in Los Angeles, but he felt vulnerable coming to Los Angeles to meet with them.
The client therefore contacted Greg Hill & Associates and asked what Greg could do. Greg explained that due to the passage of sixteen years, the arresting officer may have passed away, retired or otherwise become unavailable to testify at trial. The evidence also may have been lost and the preliminary hearing transcript may not have laid a sufficient record on many elements of the case. Due to these things, the prosecution could be unable to proceed (UTP) for trial.
However, Greg also cautioned that the arresting officer may be available, all the evidence preserved and the record sufficient for the case to proceed, especially since the motion to suppress was litigated at the preliminary hearing.
Greg and the client then did appear in the Torrance Courthouse and the judge did recall the bench warrant, although our client was required to repost the $30,000 bond.
Greg then negotiated with the handling prosecutor, who surprisingly had a complete file and reported no evidence was lost and the arresting officer remained employed with the Inglewood Police Department (unfortunately).