Assignment 1: LASA 2: Violence and Drugs in Centervale—Defending Abby
This LASA assignment is a continuation of the scenario from M3: Assignment 2 LASA 1. Please reread the scenario from M3: Assignment 2 LASA 1 before starting this assignment.
Having successfully completed law school, you are now a second-year defense attorney with the state. You have been entrusted with the task of defending Abby, who has been charged with illegal farming of marijuana with intent to sell and illegal possession of firearms. Abby has never been charged with a crime before. The firearms possession charge is a misdemeanor in your state, and the marijuana charge is a felony. During the course of review of the case, you have been provided with the following information:
In addition, twenty marijuana plants were found in the basement of the house, along with $8,500 in cash and a receipt book filled with Abby’s handwriting.
When you interview your client, she states that she barely recalls that evening, because she was completely drunk at the time the police showed up. She tells you that she doesn’t even remember being in the police car and has no idea that she was told her rights, because she didn’t sober up until the following morning.
She denies any knowledge of the marijuana plants in the basement of the house but states that the other marijuana on the table was just there for a party she and Bobby were going to have later that night. She also tells you that she is about four months pregnant with Bobby’s child. You have Abby’s trial starting the next morning.
Utilizing APA guidelines, citing your sources in text, and creating a corresponding reference page, cite relevant case law and specific information from external sources, present a 6- to 8-page research paper to illustrate how you would defend your client. Please address the following issues specifically in your paper:
LASA 2 Grading Criteria and Rubric
This assignment is worth 300 points. Download this rubric and carefully read it to understand the expectations.
|Assignment 1 Grading Criteria||Maximum Points|
|Determined whether evidence can be suppressed and identified reasons for suppression.||24|
|Identified which, if any, of your client’s statements can be suppressed and established reasons why.||16|
|Analyzed whether the state can establish the burden of proof.||32|
|Evaluated the evidence in the case in order to defend the client.||36|
|Showed the decision to go to trial or accept a plea bargain for your client’s best interest.||44|
|Identified the steps for accepting a plea bargain.||16|
|Described the argument given for sentencing if a guilty verdict were reached.||32|
|Applied specific constitutional amendments to support your theory.||20|
|Identified why those amendments would help your case.||16|
|Writing components:Organization (12)Style (16)Usage and Mechanics (16)APA Elements (20)||64|