Orange County – Client was set up by an acquaintance, who was working as a Confidential Informant, to buy 120 pills of Oxycodone from an undercover law enforcement officer. The client was originally facing a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years prison (up to 30 years) and a $500,000 fine. Longwell Lawyers prepared the case for trial by obtaining discovery, taking depositions, and pursuing an entrapment defense. As a result, the government offered our client a lesser offense with 3 years prison and no fine or probation. The client accepted the offer in lieu of proceeding with further litigation. Any sentence less than a dismissal or a Not Guilty is a disappointment, especially when it involves incarceration. However, our client obtained the best possible outcome under the circumstances, without risking a minimum mandatory 15 years prison/$500,000 fine – up to 30 years prison.
Result: client accepted plea to lesser offense with 3 years prison and no fine or probation instead of risking a minimum mandatory 15 years prison/$500,000 fine – up to 30 years prison.