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POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A CONVICTED FELON, CARRYING A CONCEALED FIREARM, POSSESSION OF CANNABIS, POSSESSION OF PARAPHERNALIA

County: Orange

Type of case/Charge(s): Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Carrying a Concealed Firearm, Possession of Cannabis, Possession of Paraphernalia.

Summary: Our client was stopped by law enforcement engaging in “proactive patrol” techniques for an alleged minor seatbelt violation. A K-9 police dog allegedly alerted to the presence of drugs, which led to the police searching the car and seizing a concealed firearm, marijuana and paraphernalia. Our client was a convicted felon, making the possession of a firearm a second degree felony, carrying up to a 15 year prison sentence. Board Certified Criminal Trial Expert Benjamin Jones led the team at Longwell Lawyers by filing a Motion to Suppress and two Motions to Dismiss. After litigating the Motions and spending four days in trial, a jury returned a Not Guilty verdict on the Carrying a Concealed Firearm, Possession of Cannabis, and Possession of Paraphernalia charges. A mistrial was declared on the Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, causing the prosecution to agree to dismiss that count.

Result: Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon was dropped, Client was acquitted of all remaining charges at trial.