Humphrey & Thompson is pleased with the result we were able to secure for a client, who was charged with nine serious offenses. Edward T., a former Kern County sheriff’s deputy, was able to accept a plea deal which yielded significantly lower penalties than those he was facing. We consider this result a great success, as our client will now be better able to regain control of his life.
Our Client Hit a Tough Spot
For years, our client was a well-liked sheriff’s deputy in good standing. Over the course of his career, however, he suffered back injuries, and went through a battle with throat cancer. The constant pain he experienced ultimately drove Edward to drugs. “Human beings are pretty fragile, and it’s easy to step off in the wrong direction,” said Attorney Humphrey.
Edward was believed to be under the influence of methamphetamine when he was arrested on October 24, after allegedly pointing a firearm at a child. He was arrested again on October 27 after sending his girlfriend suicidal text messages, at which point deputies also found guns and ammunition in his vehicle.
The case made national news after Edward escaped from police custody. Deputies left him handcuffed in a patrol car at the downtown jail, and he was able to slip out of the vehicle and got away unnoticed.
A Fair Result
This is the case of a man who was a well-liked and productive member of society, before physical and emotional pain caused him to stray from this path. Since these incidents, he has shown a strong desire to start fresh and build a new life. Attorney Humphrey said “Now that he’s had time to get away from the drugs, he doesn’t want to embarrass anybody or discomfit them.”
As such, we are pleased with the result we were able to obtain for Edward. While he will serve one year in jail and a year in a residential facility, this is far more appropriate than the 10-12 years in prison that he initially faced. Ultimately, he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor DUI, being under the influence of drugs while in possession of a loaded firearm, and assault likely to cause great bodily injury, while the other six charges were dismissed.
At Humphrey & Thompson, we fight tirelessly for the rights and freedom of our clients. Call (661) 327-1360 today if you’re facing charges.