GWINNETT SUPERIOR COURT – Frederick R. Mann Jr of The Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines, LLC successfully resolved the case of a Mexican client charged with possession with intent to distribute approximately 14 grams of methamphetamine, in a plea negotiation resulting in a sentence of 3 years felony probation today.
Snellville dispatch had relayed a tip to Gwinnett PD that a Hispanic male was selling meth and had a quantity behind the interior driver’s side door of his Tahoe SUV on December 15, 2017. When police responded to the defendant’s work site they found the SUV and asked the defendant for consent to search it. He agreed and unlocked the vehicle; the officers immediately checked the driver side door and found 2 plastic baggies at the bottom of a hole in the door where a stereo speaker should have been.
The defendant was arrested when the hole was seen to contain 2 baggies, one with shard like meth, the other with powder. The defendant was originally charged by indictment with possession with intent to distribute the drug, which carries a 5-30 year sentence.
Mr. Mann negotiated the charge to the lesser offense of simple Possession, carrying a maximum possible sentence of 3 years in prison. The defendant had no prior record and was offered a plea to a 3 year probationary term, which he accepted by entering an “Alford plea” (similar to a no contest plea). The tipster who originally called in the allegation was never identified by the State.
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About Attorney Frederick R. Mann Jr.
Mr. Mann served as a Federal prosecutor (Assistant US Attorney) in Miami for 6 years; as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami (State prosecutor) for over 3 years; and as an Assistant Public Defender in Northwest Florida’s 14th Judicial Circuit, for almost 13 years. He was in private practice 16 years when not in government service.
Mr. Mann has been a Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney since 1994 (24 years, continuously). Only about 3% of Florida lawyers are Board Certified in a specialty. Mr. Mann is fluent in Spanish as well as English, and has also taught law school as an adjunct professor at the Barry University School of Law in Orlando. Read more.