Case Conclusion Date: May 11, 2012
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Outcome: Client pleaded guilty to mitigated sentence of 1.5-3 years after facing mandatory minimum sentence of 7 years
Description: Client, who was on parole at the time, had home searched by parole officers. Officers found client in his bedroom smoking marijuana with over 100 grams of crack cocaine in plain view. Client admitted all was his, and told officers and detective where other powder cocaine and marijuana was in house. Client charged with felony PWI for marijuana, felony PWI for crack cocaine, and other misdemeanor drug possession offenses. Defense filed and argued pre-trial motion to suppress evidence based on illegal entry and search by officers. Judge denied motion, but after motion for reconsideration filed by defense and parole officer files and records were subpoenaed, Commonwealth offered client a sentence of 1.5-3 years. Client had been facing a 7 year mandatory minimum sentence on the PWI crack alone, and additional incarceration on the other drug offenses.