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Investigation leaves Fresno officer facing federal drug charges

There are a lot of people in California as well as across the nation who are stunned when a police officer is arrested for allegedly committing a crime. That's because most people believe that because police are sworn to uphold the law, they should know better or simply wouldn't take the risk of attempting to commit a crime. But when you think about it, police officers are people too and just as we do, they too can make mistakes that can leave them on the wrong side of the law.

As some of our Pleasanton readers may have heard already, this could be the case to our southeast in Fresno where a deputy police chief is facing serious federal drug charges for allegedly conspiring to distribute marijuana, heroin and the prescription drug oxycodone. Because of the fact that these charges could lead to extensive time in prison, getting help from a skilled criminal defense lawyer is highly encouraged in a situation like this.

For those who have not heard, the officer's arrest came after a year-long federal investigation that allegedly uncovered evidence that suggests that the officer, along with three other individuals, were involved in the shipment of marijuana to another state and the delivery of the controlled substance oxycodone.

If you're a regular visitor to this blog, then you know that the burden of proof is now on prosecutors. In federal investigations such as this, investigators oftentimes gather evidence for a long time before presenting a case. By the time charges are levied against them, most people aren't even aware of what has been gathered or how it was done.

By obtaining a lawyer, an accused person can make sure that this so-called evidence was in fact gathered in accordance with the law while also helping the accused bolster their defense with the other side of the story. Seeking legal help is considered a good idea when facing drug charges, because of what can be at stake if you do not.

Source: Courthouse News Service, "Feds Arrest Fresno Cop on Drug-Dealing Charges," Nick Cahill, March 27, 2015

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