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Not Guilty in Drug Sale Case

The Philadelphia criminal defense attorneys at Law Office of Mark D. Copoulos obtained yet another victory yesterday in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.  In Commonwealth v. T.C., Defendant was charged with Conspiracy, Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine, Possession With Intent to Deliver Heroin, and Intentional Possession of a Controlled Substance by a Person not Regulated.  T.C. had no prior criminal record and was insistent on taking her case to trial.  Copoulos demanded a trial.  The Government prepared for its case by subpoenaing four different police officers to appear.  The Government called all four police officers in its case in chief.

At trial Copoulos raised inconsistencies between the different officers testimony.  The key officer stumbled on the stand and acknowledged that the alleged transaction he observed was from an almost impossible distance. Copoulos also established that “it was chaos out there” and multiple alleged buyers in drug transaction walked away without being arrested. While the alleged purchasers were stopped with heroin and cocaine, T.C. had very little money and no drugs on her when stopped.

Copoulos’ attack did not stop when the Government rested its case.  Copoulos then called T.C. to the stand. T.C. testified adamantly that while she was in bad company, she did not sell drugs. Copoulos then called an individual who knew T.C.. The witness stated that T.C. was something of a motherhood figure to many in the community. The Government scored very few points if any on cross examination of Defense witnesses.

In closing, Copoulos reiterated verbatim the words of the police officer, “it was chaos out there.” He argued it was impossible to know exactly what was going on. Given the chaos, the long distance from which the transaction was observed, and Defendant’s record of being law abiding, the government failed to meet its burden of proving the criminal charges beyond a reasonable doubt.  Accordingly, T.C. was found not guilty of conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver, and possession of a controlled substance.

In Commonwealth v. T.C., like in so many cases, the margin between victory and defeat was razor thin. Copoulos won the case with superior oratory skills, solid preparation, and an unwavering commitment to obtain the best possible result for his client.