Our client was arrested for transporting approximately 5 pounds of methamphetamine.
As a result, she was facing up to 7 years in state prison. As we began
the discovery process, we determined that our client’s telephone
calls had been intercepted by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Agents,
who were operating one of the nation’s largest wiretap operations,
secretly intercepting telephone calls and text messages from thousands
– Initially the prosecutor insisted on sending our client to prison
for a lengthy period of time. We were able to demonstrate that the wiretap
warrant authorized by the judge to intercept our client’s telephone
calls might be illegal. As a result, the prosecutor accepted the offer
we presented for our client to serve 180 days of Caltrans work.
(For a background story regarding the DEA’s wiretap operation, click
here to read a USA Today news article)