Salinas, California— Charges of cannabis manufacturing, child endangerment, and a weapons resulted in no jail time for a client of Margolin & Lawrence’s.
People v. WR (2013, LAX Court):
The police barged into our client’s home and discovered multiple grow rooms and stored weapons, including one identified as an illegal assault weapon. Our client is involved in the security industry and a medical marijuana patient. He couldn’t afford to lose his license to protect other people or his legal supply of medication. However, the DA insisted on on a felony weapons charge (Pen. Code 30605(a)) that would prohibit our client from owning a weapon for 10 years and a felony possession for sale charge that could have wrecked his life.
Allison Margolin put on a vigorous defense before trial, demonstrating that the client was legally growing marijuana for his personal use and believed the weapon was legal when he obtained it. The judge dismissed the marijuana charge after a preliminary hearing, and the DA was negotiated down to a misdemeanor weapons charge.
People v WT (2009, Long Beach Court):
The defendant was accused of manufacturing bombs at his house as well as possessing other illegal weapons. These charges carry heavy penalties, but our attorneys were able to obtain a probation sentence and wobblers for the client.
People v. SE (2010, San Luis Obispo Court):
Our client was charged with possession of explosive device as well as possession for sale of opium, cocaine, and marijuana. After our attorneys raised a jurisdictional argument, the charges were dismissed.
People v. Armed Meth (2005, Criminal Courts Building):
Our client was on probation for selling meth when he was arrested for armed possession of meth for sale and for being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm. He faced three years of state prison that had been suspended on the underlying probation case. The district attorney offered him five years — before he retained an attorney.
At trial, Allison Margolin garnered a dismissal of the armed possession for sale of meth charge. Although the jury convicted him of possession of the weapon while being a felon, he received only the time suspended on the probation violation, and nothing more.
People v. LAX weapon (2011, Los Angeles County, LAX Court):
Our client accidentally carried a loaded firearm onto the airplane at LAX. Attorney Allison Margolin convinced the City Attorney to not file a case.
People v. JI (2013, Orange County):
Our client was an active member of the military, and he was charged with 20 counts of shooting a bb gun into cars. One count, where the car was occupied, was a felony, which meant he could be discharged from the military. David Pobelete convinced the OC District Attorney’s office to allow the client to plead to a misdemeanor and save his military career.
People v. JY (2012, Santa Ana Court, Orange County):
The work furlough program would not allow him to participate because he was convicted of a weapons charge. Attorney Raza Lawrence persuaded a judge to release a client from custody and give him a non-custodial sentence.