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March 2018 Archives

Police find 300 pounds of cocaine in California backyard

Police in California have reported that cocaine with a street value of approximately $8.4 million was recovered during the search of a residence on March 23. A representative from the Orange County Sheriff's Department said that the drugs were found in an underground bunker located in the home's backyard. The search was part of an ongoing investigation involving a dozen law enforcement agencies including the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Buena Park, Newport Beach, Tustin, Huntington Beach, Fullerton and Santa Ana police departments.

2-month drug-related investigation results in 30 arrests

California authorities have reported that 30 people were taken into custody and about one pound of heroin, 10 guns, three vehicles and $80,000 in cash were seized following a two-month investigation. Authorities in Ventura County had reportedly been investigating drug trafficking organizations since February 2012, as there have been more than 1,819 reported overdoses.

Second man gets probation in $1 million cocaine bust

The second of two men who were charged in a California cocaine bust in 2017 and pleaded guilty has been sentenced to probation. In February, the first man to be sentenced received a sentence of mandatory supervision for five years. On March 12, his co-defendant received the same sentence from a judge.

The importance of hiring an attorney who gives you credibility

There are many reasons to hire an attorney rather than representing yourself or going with a public defender. With regard to public defenders, they juggle a high volume of cases and may not have the time to give your case the attention it deserves. They might also not be as knowledgeable as you would like about your specific charge. As for representing yourself, the average defendant lacks legal skills and the knowledge of deadlines. Even if you have legal savvy, you might be too close to the case to determine fruitful approaches.

Why you should consider a bench trial instead of a jury trial

When facing charges for a criminal offense in the Van Nuys area, you might not realize the importance of the decisions you have to make. One decision involves having a jury trial or a bench trial. Though the law entitles you to a fair trial by a jury of your peers, it might be in your best interest to say no and ask for a bench trial. 

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