A Montgomery County judge dropped drug charges of possession of marijuana and paraphernalia after a 27-year-old Douglass man pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of simple assault. Other more serious charges of aggravated assault, harassment and disorderly conduct were also dismissed as part of the plea.
Originally arrested after an altercation in the parking lot of a local tavern, the defendant was sentenced to the minimum 30 days in county jail, 24 hours of community service and nearly five years of probation. The judge agreed to allow the man to serve his sentence over the course of 15 consecutive weekends.
Court documents did not indicate what started the fight, and no weapons were involved. The misdemeanor plea simply stated that the defendant admitted to an attempt to cause or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly cause bodily injury.
During the man's appearance in court, the judge also accepted an unrelated plea of possession with intent to deliver cocaine. The charges were the result of a Montgomery County Drug Task Force investigation utilizing a confidential informant to purchase crack cocaine from the defendant. While the defendant declared in his affidavit that he was only a casual user of the narcotic, his plea allowed him to settle both charges at once and serve his sentence concurrently.
Prosecutors routinely charge people with as many serious crimes as they can, usually more than the facts of the case can prove. That is why a strong and meaningful defense will thoroughly analyze the circumstances of an arrest and seek a significant reduction or dismissal of charges.
Source: BerksmontNews.com "Douglass (Mont.) man arrested for assault," Carl Hessler, March 5, 2012