Winchendon District Court
Client a 50 year old woman from Baldwinville was charged with one count of Possession of a Class B substance, one count of Possession of a Class D substance with Intent to Distribute and one count of Possession of a Class E drug.
Local authorities executed a search warrant on the client’s home after conducting an investigation. The search resulted in the police finding crack cocaine, a large amount of Marijuana and various Class E pills.
Attorney Damian Riddle scrutinized the search warrant affidavit closely for any deficiencies. It appeared based on the four corners of the warrant that the police had ample probable cause to obtain the warrant. The client had worked for a state agency for over 30 years and was at risk of losing her job and her pension. Her employer had placed her on leave without pay.
After lengthy discussions with the District Attorney’s office Attorney Damian Riddle was able to convince them to dismiss the most serious charge of Possession of a Class D substance with Intent to Distribute. On the remaining two charges Attorney Riddle negotiated a plea where the charges would be Continued Without a Finding for a short probationary period after which time the charges would be dismissed.
Essentially the client had gotten involved with the wrong people and began using drugs. The client stopped using drugs the day she was arrested and maintained her sobriety since. The client was very happy with the result of the case. She was able to return to work and keep her pension.