Recent Case Win-Reduction Granted on Possession of Marijuana Case

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The client was arrested for allegedly having possession of marijuana. The State of Texas believed it had a relatively easy case to prove. My client was charged with a Class B misdemeanor, which is punishable up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.

After working on the case to develop some of the issues that were helpful to his defense, I filed a motion to suppress the marijuana located during the search on the theory the officer’s stop of my client’s vehicle was unlawful, meaning that the officer stopped my client for no reason, or that he lacked probable cause to do so. I set the motion for hearing and as a result I was able to gain leverage in negotiations and prosecutor agreed to reduce the Class B charge to a Class C misdemeanor paraphernalia charge. This essentially reduced the offense to the equivalent of a traffic ticket, which is punishable by fine only–no threat of jail time. Moreover, the 6-month probation period is the non-reporting type of probation (basically just keep your nose clean during the probation period), which saves my client the fees associated with reporting probation. My client not only saved the money on fees, he also saved valuable time since he does not have to meet with a probation officer on a monthly basis. This reduction was a huge relief for my client and he was pleased with the result.

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