Police received a tip that the suspect was selling illegal drugs in Irvine, and after being pulled over by Irvine Police investigators found 150 Oxycodone pills, two loaded handguns and two loaded magazines for another weapon.
A later search at the suspect's home in Anaheim turned up additional weapons, including a firearm that had been converted into an assault rifle.
Irvine criminal attorney Michael L. Guisti explains that the suspect is going to need a very good criminal defense, because they're several potential charges this suspect could face, including several firearms crime and several drug crimes.
Guisti, who is an experienced Orange County gun crime defense attorney with profound knowledge of gun and firearms crimes, explains that simply possessing an unlicensed firearm is an automatic felony, and having an unlicensed assault weapon is also an automatic felony. As well, simply having a magazine for a pistol that can hold more than ten rounds is a felony, stresses Guisti.
Also, Guisti further stresses, California has complex firearm laws. If this suspect in Irvine wasn't suppose to be possessing a gun, because maybe he has a mental issue, or if he is maybe a registered sex offender, he could face further charges. This is why it's so important to contact a professional Orange County gun crimes attorney, because a lot of people arrested on gun crime charges are surprised to learn of addition charges against them.
As for the Irvine drug crime charges, Guisti explains that the crime of drug sales is actually a very complex crime to prove, and that is why it's very important to contact an Orange County drug crimes attorney to make sure the cops really did prove you committed a drug sales crime.
Guisti explains that proving you had the intent to sell the drugs is very difficult, because unless there is a confession most drug sales crimes rely solely on circumstantial evidence. For the police to simply say you had a large quantity drugs, more than the "average" drug user would take, doesn't prove you were selling drugs.
The crime of drug possession doesn't simply mean you had drugs in your hands or in your pocket, but rather, Guisti explains, it means either you had the drugs directly on you, or you had in them in area where you would likely have control, like your car or house, or, maybe somebody else has drugs on them, keeps it at your house, and you knew about it, which is referred to as "joint" possession.
Gun crimes and drug crimes, like drug sales, are very serious crimes, and if you or a loved one have been arrested for one of these crimes it is SO IMPORTANT to contact the the drug crimes and firearm crimes legal experts at the Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti right away at, 888-478-8999!
These are VERY serious crimes, but the legal team at The Law Offices of Michael L. Guisti have for over a decade in the Orange County courts of Santa Ana, Fullerton, Newport Beach and Westminster won several serious gun and drug cases for our clients!
Why? Because we know the legal defenses that work to set you free, and so call us now, 888-478-8999!