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Man faces drug, weapons charge following fatal shooting

One man in California was recently arrested after allegedly engaging in crimes related to drugs and weapons. The arrest took place following a police narcotics investigation associated with a deadly shooting. When a person faces a drug charge or weapons charge, he is always presumed innocent until and unless his guilt is proved in court beyond a reasonable doubt.

The deadly shooting of a 40-year-old that sparked the recent narcotics investigation took place in late January and also resulted in a homicide investigation. The man who was recently arrested, 33, is not suspected to have been involved in the fatal shooting. However, following the related narcotics investigation, he was accused of committing drug and weapons-related crimes as well as committing probation violations.

One California law that is associated with the 33-year-old man's arrest deals with the manufacturing of concentrated cannabis, which is also known as honey oil or hash oil. Police were still striving to identify suspects in the deadly shooting. They believed the shooting stemmed from a drug deal that turned ugly.

When a person faces a weapons charge or other criminal charges, it is within his or her rights to aggressively fight these charges at trial. Sometimes a defendant is offered the opportunity to strike a plea deal with prosecutors, which may be beneficial in that it might lead to lesser charges and thus a more lenient sentence. In either situation, defense counsel will strive to make sure that the individual's best interests are paramount and that his or her rights are protected during all stages of the criminal proceedings in California.

Source:, "Narcotics arrest connected to fatal Lake Tahoe shooting", Adam Jensen, Feb. 12, 2016

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