New Jersey movie fans may be interested to learn that actress Alicia Silverstone's brother was recently arrested on drug possession charges in California. According to law enforcement authorities with the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, Mr. Silverstone was taken into custody on charges of cultivation and sale of marijuana in Redwood Valley on July 27.
An interesting twist to the case is that another raid was conducted six days earlier at the same address. During that raid, former POW Bowe Bergdahl was reportedly found at the ranch and was taken back to his military base. He had allegedly told officers he was visiting friends there.
In the earlier raid, sheriff's department officers seized 181 plants on the ranch's property. It is unclear whether Mr. Silverstone is the owner of the ranch. After being taken into custody, Mr. Silverstone posted $25,000 bond an hour later. He is currently out of custody. The Mendocino County District Attorney's Office will ultimately make the decision regarding whether the criminal case against him and others who were also charged will proceed.
Drug charges can subject a person to potentially significant criminal penalties, including long imprisonment terms, if they are convicted. People who are facing such charges may want to seek help from a criminal defense attorney who has experience with these types of matters. An attorney may be able to review the relevant facts in order to devise the most appropriate defense strategy. Legal counsel may then file motions on the client's behalf to challenge the constitutionality of the search, seizure or stop that occurred. In Mr. Silverstone's case, an attorney might argue that in a state in which medical marijuana is legal and where people are allowed to grow it under certain conditions, the existence of the plants was not sufficient probable cause to warrant a search and seizure.
Source: Inside Edition, "Alicia Silverstone's brother arrested for drug possession during raid," July 27, 2015.