Operation Goldstar Set for Quarterly Activation in Fresno County
Dec 11, 2019
Fresno County law enforcement personnel have teamed up with several local and federal agencies such as Homeland Security to conduct a sweep of local towns in an effort to crackdown on crime and help citizens feel safer within their communities.
The effort was coined "Operation Goldstar" and took 5 weeks' to plan and prepare for according to one undercover officer. The goal was to issue citations and tickets in addition to towing cars. Officials also hoped to prevent criminal activity by increasing law enforcement presence and being proactive by investigating any activity deemed suspicious.
Several arrests were made during the sweep which involved serving 65 search warrants upon various individuals. 2 firearms were seized, numerous citations were issued, and some vehicles were towed during the operation.
Law enforcement agencies are putting potential criminals on notice that they are taking a hard stand against crime in their community. Given the success of this most recent sweep, it was noted that the agencies involved hope to keep the momentum going and conduct these sweeps on a quarterly basis throughout the years.
During criminal sweeps such as this, it can be very easy for citizens' rights to take a backseat. With so many agencies and personnel involved, it is a perfect storm for things to get blown out of proportion. It is possible, that shaky arrests or aggressive tactics, could be a by-product of these operations.
Anytime a search warrant is served on you, it is important that you let law enforcement agents do their job. However, make note of the limitations of the search warrant and note any behavior or conduct that is not in keeping with the confines of that search warrant. If you feel the warrant was served without due cause or you have concerns or questions about what took place - it is important to contact an experienced criminal attorney in the area.
Consulting with an attorney will help to preserve your rights and ascertain if the warrant was justified and where there was sufficient probable cause for the warrant to be issued in the first place. If criminal charges are made against you as a result of evidence found during the search, it is even more important for you to contact a lawyer knowledgeable and familiar with not only California law, but also the inner workings of both local Fresno law enforcement and judicial processes and procedures. Mitchell Law Group can help you navigate the confusing and sometimes scary legal system.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case and circumstances with us.
Michael Mitchell is a Fresno attorney who practices in the areas of DUI, personal injury & criminal law. Visit his Google+ profile.