In theory, anyone who is charged or suspected of a crime in the United States is treated equally as they navigate through the justice system. Unfortunately, those with certain occupations could face additional scrutiny in the aftermath of charges coming to light. For example, when an educator faces accusations of a crime, it is not unusual for the story of their arrest to make front page news. In fact, the arrest former high school coach on drug charges in California has received a significant amount of media coverage.

The arrest reportedly came as a result of an investigation into a white supremacist group. Reports indicate that the 35-year-old man was pulled over by police on a day in late May. He was taken into custody and charged with four felonies — the sale and transportation of ecstasy, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell, carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in public and possession of a controlled substance with a firearm.

Reports indicate that two other men were arrested on the same day, reportedly in connection with the same investigation into the white supremacist gang. It is unclear what charges those two men are facing. Police have not confirmed how — or whether — the three arrested men are believed to be involved with the gang.

Unfortunately, the aftermath of an arrest on drug charges — among others — is often filled with confusion and stress. While a defendant is trying to decide on the most appropriate action, they may also face unlawful treatment from law enforcement officials. Even when defendants in California are able to recognize such treatment, they may be unsure how to be respond. Fortunately, there are experienced criminal defense attorneys who can guide them through the process.