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henslee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-04 10:23 PM
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A real marijuana arrest story that happened to a friend in Utah...
Driving through the state, a state trooper started tailing him. He did have a tiny amount of weed (about two joints) in a baggie. He liked to smoke on road trips. Anyway, he got nervous, discretely dumped the weed unde the seat and tore up the baggie. Bad move. To make a long story short, he got arrested for possession and because the baggie was torn up into pieces, they got him for intent to distribute, too. He spent the weekend in jail. It cost him 15,000 to fight the thing and it is still on his record. I'm bringing this up in response to previous post about a marijuana bust. It's really easy for things to get out of hand. People who smoke should be careful.
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ugarte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-04 10:34 PM
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1. The War on Some Drugs is a bad joke
if it weren't for all the lives it's messed up.
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henslee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-04 10:39 PM
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3. I think there are about 2 million people in American prisons, a high
percentage of them are for drugs and a good deal of them are non violent offenders. No one will dare speak about our culture of incarceration but it is a disaster and costs us millions.
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Syncronaut Seven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-04 10:37 PM
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2. People who smoke shouldn't drive in Utah... Or Arizona... Or Texas.
How do you discreetly rip up a plastic bag with a cop behind you?

Intent to distribute is a common ploy to get offenders (Victims?) to cop to a lesser plea. Viola! No trial!

Every Marijuana arrest should be brought to trial, It clogs the system, and trials for petty possesion make the cops and DA look like boobs.

They aren't going to give serious time to a personal user... unless your black or hispanic, then your fucked.

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henslee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-04 10:41 PM
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How? He was in a van... No back window. Anyway, you do stupid things
under pressure.
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Syncronaut Seven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-04 10:41 PM
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4. PS:
Always employ a lawyer from outside the county of arrest, Less chance of encountering an incestious relationship with the lawyer/judge/d.a.

That kind of shit is real common, it's quite a racket don't 'ya know. ;)
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henslee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-04 10:43 PM
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6. Interesting. I would have thought it was better to go with someone
who had local connections. Hmm. Glad the only thing I do illegal is sometimes mix up my paper and plastic recyclibles.
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Syncronaut Seven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-04 11:01 PM
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7. Depends, If you're going for
the strait buy-off and you have deep pockets a local attorney can be helpful.

If you're after justice, an outside attorney can be more effective, He/she can be more aggressive and dig in to the background of the arresting officers without fear of coloring future cases in front of the judge.

In many jurisdictions the lawyers, judges and DA's will work together to milk you hard. It starts with a credit check. They don't really want to house you in county facilities, that costs the county.

They just want your money.
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henslee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-04 11:03 PM
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8. Ahh, makes sense.
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bloom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-04 11:18 PM
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11. From what I've heard
the out-of-town lawyers are more likely to charge more (travel expenses, etc.) and are more likely to piss off the judge and the prosecutor. Not really a good thing.
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Syncronaut Seven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-04 11:47 PM
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12. Precisely
It's not supposed to be a love fest for the prosecutor and judge, If they get testy, it hurts their case, only the jury is important.

If it's a hayseed town get a lawyer who can "talk" to the people of the jury on their own level. Your friend is a "good man" and a "victim" of prosecutorial zeal.

Just demanding a jury trial is going to piss off the prosecutor. Tell your friend to go in with his head held high, clean cut and apple pie.

Friendly eye contact with the prosecutor will unnerve him too, Might help weaken his resolve. It WAS after all just a couple of "marijuana cigarettes".

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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-04 10:42 PM
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5. It is best to keep it at home
Or smoke it in a home of a trusted friend. Unless you live in an apartment complex, no one will know that you are smoking it. Police usually don't go get search warrants for people who may be in possession of small amounts of marijuana.
If you have it in your car, take precautions. Drive carefully. Don't give the police a reason to full you over. Have it stashed somewhere where the police will not see it when you are getting your license and registration. It should stashed somewhere before you are pulled over. Try to be calm, be polite, and focus on why you were probably pulled over. If you smoke in the car, have some kind of air freshner that you are spraying discreetly as you smoke. Don't smoke where people will easily see you smoking such as at stop lights. Perferably don't smoke when other cars are near you. Always be sure to be aware of different laws when traveling. Some states have much harsher penalties than others.
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tedoll78 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-04 11:10 PM
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9. Yup.
The best advice that I can give to all is to STAY HOME. Veg-out in front of the TV with the Playstation or Gamecube. If you have friends over, take their keys, and make it clear that they cannot indulge without committment to stay until it's safe.

Next, PLAN AHEAD. If you know that the munchies are coming, stock-up on all sorts of things so that you don't need to make a food run.

Finally, STAY INCONSPICUOUS. Draw no attention to yourself. Keep the music at an appropriate level, don't scream at the top o' your lungs, and don't run naked in the streets. (wow.. kinda sounds like a boring party to me, lol.. j/k)

This is pretty much an issue of basic common precautions. If you're smart about it, you don't get caught.
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7th_Sephiroth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-04 11:15 PM
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10. how to transport weed
get a big, non clear jud and seal the weed in an airtight bag, than put it in the jug and fill it with coca-cola
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