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Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Feb 4, 2013 - 09:58am PT
I'm with Sal. You don't want a criminal record. You want to plead not guilty tomorrow and hopefully they will assign you a public defender, and hopefully can get the case transferred out of that kangaroo court into a real one. If you're on your own with no lawyer then look up the laws online and try to find the rule that lets you get the case removed to federal court, and the standards the judge will use to decide that. As I mentioned I'm not licensed in CA and don't know about this anyway, but for removal from state to federal court, for example, there are standards you have to meet and explain to the judge how you meet the standards. The public defender should know this. I wouldn't say you're a mmj patient or get into the facts of the case at all if you don't have to. Just plead not guilty and try to get into a real court. As to whether the citation will go on your record, how you would get it expunged, and what that really means, and how it may affect your ability to find work in the future, you should seek real legal advice. For me personally, lying on job applications and hoping my employer will never find out, because the records were supposedly expunged, would not be an option.
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Feb 4, 2013 - 10:08am PT
I'm with Sal and Don Paul on this one. Plead not guilty, find a public defender and fight it. I personally know people in both Ireland and the UK who have not been allowed in the US, because of a pot bust. And I have met several Americans over the years, back home, who have been 'refused to leave to permit to entry' in several countries.

And yes the employment issues and home loans issues could raise an ugly head if you plead guilty.

I suppose you could take your chances and throw yourself at the mercy of the judge, but WHAT IF? And that is a huge WHAT IF. Do you want to take that risk?

Again, I am not a lawyer. Find one. Jcory86, you go to court tomorrow don't you? If so, find one fast or get legal aid. Don't plead guilty, at least that is what I would do. But I do not know what the ramifications of a Not Guilty plea would be.

I have no legal experience or expertise.
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Feb 5, 2013 - 07:45pm PT
Never mess with people who have the power to make your life miserable. That includes DMV employees, waiters and baggage handlers. And judges. Especially them.

A Miami woman facing drug charges made her situation much worse when she laughed at and then flipped off the man with the gavel. File this case under: Ill advised.

According to NBC Miami, 18-year-old Penelope Soto was in court for charges relating to possession of Xanax, a prescription drug. Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat was in the process of setting her bond. He asked Soto about the value of her jewelry. Soto laughed. That was strike one.

"It's not a joke, you know, we're not in a club now," Rodriguez-Chomat said. "We are not in a club. Be serious about it."

Soto replied: "I'm serious about it, you just made me laugh. You just made me laugh, I apologize. It's worth a lot of money."

The judge said, "Like what?" Soto compared the jewelry to a wealthy rapper. She replied that the jewelry is "like Rick Ross. It's worth money."

The perplexed judge asked if Soto had taken drugs within the past 24 hours, to which she answer, "Actually, no." The judge then set Soto's bond at $5,000 and said, "Bye-bye." Soto chuckled and said, "Adios." Strike two. The judge summoned her back and raised the bond to $10,000, eliciting gasps from those in the courtroom.

Soto asked if the judge was serious. Judges are not known for their humor, and Rodriguez-Chomat is no exception. "I am serious," he said. "Adios."

But Soto wasn't done. Instead of leaving the courtroom she flipped Rodriguez-Chomat the bird and said "F*** you." And that was strike three. Soto was again called back and then sentenced to thirty days in the big house for contempt of court.


Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Feb 5, 2013 - 10:07pm PT
Bunch of fear mongers here,

Getting off with a fine, and the ca note will be worth showing.


Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Feb 5, 2013 - 10:18pm PT
Haven't heard from Jcory yet.
I wonder if they locked him up and threw away the key?


Big Wall climber
Richmond, CA
Feb 7, 2013 - 10:51pm PT
Bump...where's our boy? No tr of Skull Queen or his arraignment...

Social climber
North Vancouver BC
Feb 7, 2013 - 11:20pm PT
Ken M

I don't understand your point, no relevance to this topic. Just because that biatch has attitude and money doesn't give her the right to be arrogant.
Watch the vid, http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/342922 if I was the judge, I would't have let her out after 30 days unless she apologized to the court.

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Feb 7, 2013 - 11:25pm PT
Hope he's busy climbing.

You know what is really stupid.

That this is any issue whatsoever

The fear that encompasses this issue is a fully artificial construct demanded by insane lawmaking.

So easy to fix..a few lines of script printed on a little piece of paper signed by one person.

The process to get there will take a few more years sadly.. saddest of all is that it's inevitability does not reduce the span of time.. the span of unnecessary fear of governments power to destroy your life.

Feb 8, 2013 - 04:58am PT
Could someone refresh my memory as why governments have laws against psychoactive substances? I can understand laws against being intoxicated in situations that could lead to the harm of others (e.g. drunk driving), but if you are lying in your backyard high on (fill in the blank substance), who cares?

Most countries have prohibitions on these things. But why? This is a serious question. It really seems like a waste of law enforcement and I fail to see the societal benefit of these laws.

Indonesia has capital punishment laws for minor possession. Japanís laws make the USA seem tolerant.

Please explain why many cultures are afraid of people being drunk, high, disinhibited, stimulated, sedated, transiently psychotic, euphoric, etc. by their own choice.

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Feb 8, 2013 - 07:25am PT

If everyone stayed in their own backyard getting high on relatively innocuous drugs, probably the government wouldn't care. However, not all drugs are equal and society often ends up paying the price for those that aren't. Marijuana and heroin aren't the same in their results, let alone cocaine or crack or meth. If the addict only screwed themselves up, in America at least, probably nobody would care, but all of society pays for the crime and the hospital, rehabilitation and prison bills caused by the more malevolent drugs.

The problem in America is that we apply the same one size fits all to every drug besides alcohol and tobacco when clearly hippy lettuce isn't in the same category as the others. The establishment of course feels that if they ok the herb, then the next step will be people clamoring for heroin or crack to be legalized - the old domino theory of drugs.

Social climber
Feb 8, 2013 - 08:18am PT
Jan, may I add another reason why our country refuses to change the drug laws that needlessly as well as counter-productively places drug users behind bars and that is the prison industrial complex in this country.

Not only are corporations realizing large profits from catering to the needs of government run prisons: but also prisons run by private industry.

These businesses have powerful lobbyist and support groups which work hard to ensure that prisons be kept full, increase in number and that the "guests" have extended stays.

I'm afraid the senseless, counterproductive as well as costly practice of sentencing illicit drug users time behind bars will not end because of logic and economic sense.

Big Wall climber
Grass Valley, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 8, 2013 - 08:12pm PT

The valley trip was a success! Sent Skull queen hammerless in 19 hours Car to Car 12 hours on route. It has come kick ass C2+ pitches and the .10b/c pitch on top is fantastic. I ditched my approach shoes and half the gear and freed it at sunset. Probably the best pitch Ive climbed in the valley so far.

As far as the dope....

I didnt even make it into the courthouse. I talked to the federal public defender, thanks PTPP for the contact info, and showed him my script. He walked into the prosecutors office and they talked for maybe 2 minutes. They both walked out and gave me a "stern-talking-to" ie: "dont bring pot in the park, ok?" Shook my hand and said I was free to go. No fine and nothing on my record. I walked back towards the store on cloud 9.

Im writing up the TR right now and will post it up ASAP
This post sure got everyone talking...

I appreciate all the positive thoughts ladies and gents.

Next up is zodiac in a push in april!!!


Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
Feb 8, 2013 - 08:17pm PT
Great news!

The Granite State.
Feb 8, 2013 - 08:25pm PT
Yeah, Great News!

SF bay area
Feb 8, 2013 - 08:26pm PT
Way to go. Kudos to PTPP!

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Feb 8, 2013 - 08:30pm PT


Oh. . . and. . . congrats on the climb, too!

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 8, 2013 - 08:34pm PT
Doing a wall right before a court appearance, yeah, that's smart.

You were lucky dude.
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Feb 8, 2013 - 08:48pm PT
Love that follow-up, "f*ck you" to the community.

There was never an arrest.

The 13 y/o "climber" got the chance to try out his first troll on this group.

Har, har.

There was never a climb, either.
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Feb 8, 2013 - 10:59pm PT
Congradulations! Another life saved.
Jim Clipper

from: forests to tree farms
Feb 9, 2013 - 12:12am PT
nice TR. way casual
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