It's not unusual for those facing drug charges to also be accused of other crimes. Possession of a firearm or using a weapon in the process of drug activity are common weapons charges, and you can also be charged with illegal possession of a firearm if you have a previous felony record from other drug offenses.
Domestic violence cases are notoriously hard to prosecute because relationships are complicated and an unhealthy relationship is not necessarily an abusive one. Evidence of abuse is also difficult to come by as many of these end up as he-said-she-said cases without physical documentation.
The state of California is known for being tough on those charged with drug crimes. This is true for charges involving simple possession but even more so when the charges include weightier crimes likes trafficking or smuggling. As the following case shows, the possible penalties can be very severe when the federal government gets involved.
It's important to note how often domestic violence takes place in order to get a sense of how frequent these types of arrests are made. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, domestic violence could take place as often as every 20 minutes. Naturally, arrests are not made in all of these cases, but this still shows just how frequently these types of things are reported.
With the recent election in the rearview mirror, residents in California have had some time to digest the results. One of the most hotly contested items on the ballot here in Los Angeles and in other American cities was a proposition to reduce drug possession to simple misdemeanors. California passed proposition 47, known as The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, by a 55 percent vote, which going forward means possessing drugs like marijuana for personal use will only result in misdemeanor charges.
The community in the neighborhood of San Gabriel Valley was rocked by the news that two people were killed in a reported domestic violence incident. Both of them were stabbed, and the police think that the person who killed them was related to them in some fashion. San Gabriel Valley is a neighborhood in Pasadena, California.
So, you have been arrested on domestic violence charges in California. You are probably worried about the upcoming legal processes -- and you might not have a clue about what to expect after you are taken into custody. Although the criminal defense process may seem a little intimidating, you can quickly learn the basics. Today, we provide you with information about what to expect after you have been arrested and are facing domestic violence charges.
Eleven people were arrested after California authorities reportedly brought down alleged key players in a Tulare County drug ring. In addition to the 11 arrests, officers announced on April 14 that they had seized nearly 1,000 marijuana plants, 56 pounds of methamphetamine, four kilograms of cocaine and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash. Defendants are facing allegations of drug possession and transportation. Some defendants are also accused of weapons violations.
A former California state assemblyman has denied allegations of child endangerment and other crimes after he was arrested on March 12. The man, who was arrested under suspicion of domestic violence, said he has been unfairly accused. Although officers cannot release information about the victim, the defendant claims that he knows the complainant is his wife, and he said she lied about the incident. So far, no formal charges have been filed in the incident.
People who live with or get in a car with other people do not always know what kind of substances that person might have in his or her possession. In fact, lack of knowledge can be a serious issue for those people, especially when drug agents begin making arrests in large raids. Law enforcement officers are bound to protect individuals who are innocent of drug charges, even though they may have been associating with those accused of drug possession.