A 20-year-old man was charged with a Class D felony dealing marijuana, Class D felony possession of marijuana , and a misdemeanor for driving while suspended. An officer stopped the man at a traffic light for his bad license plates when he allegedly smelled weed in his car. Immediately, the car was searched for drugs. Based on the large amount of marijuana and cash that was discovered in his pocket, the officer could only assume he was dealing.
With previous possession of marijuana charges, the 20-year-old restaurant worker took his concerns to Hessler Law Firm, desperate for a strong representation. Under experienced criminal defense attorney Sean Hessler’s lead, the case was taken to Marion County court.
Fighting hard for his client, Hessler was strategic in his defense. He claimed the officer overcharged him and the evidence leading him to believe he was dealing were weak. With the facts on his side, he convinced the prosecutor. He pled down to possession. Our client left with a reduced charge of a Class A misdemeanor for possession of marijuana. The result of this was a 180-day probation period rather than jail. There were no further penalties for his license suspension charge but he was not a valid driver at the conclusion of this case.
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