High Court Won't Hear Appeal in Drug Case
The state Supreme Court this week refused to hear an appeal in a case where a county judge tossed out evidence in a $1 million drug trial because the alleged dealer wasn't given a Spanish-speaking interpreter.
Miqueas Acosta, 39, was arrested in June 2000 after police found a kilo of cocaine hidden in secret compartments inside his minivan. The car had been pulled over on southbound Route 1 in Bensalem for an expired inspection sticker.
The incident was one of the biggest drug seizures in Bucks County history.
Acosta was set to stand trial in 2000, but at a pretrial hearing, county Judge Rea Boylan Thomas ruled the drugs were inadmissible in court because Acosta didn't voluntarily give police consent to search his vehicle.
Acosta, a native of the Dominican Republic, claimed he was confused by the English-speaking officers' questions and felt pressured into letting them look inside his car.
The District Attorney's Office appealed Thomas' decision to the state Superior Court and was denied last year. The state Supreme Court refused to take up the matter, thus affirming the lower courts' decisions.
Acosta's trial must now be scheduled in county court in Doylestown Borough, where prosecutors will have the option of proceeding without the drug evidence or dropping the charges. Acosta's lawyer, Michael Parlow, said he didn't know when a trial date would be set.
Acosta, whose last address was in New York City, remains free on bail.
Reprinted with permission from Bucks County Courier Times
Fighter and Problem Solver
Paul was excellent and looked at the whole case from every angle. He was able to get outrageous charges lowered to next to nothing and fines thrown out. He feels for you on your case like it’s himself getting put through the ringer. Very personable and down to earth. Definitely the man you want fighting for you and with you.
You get what you pay for with this guy
I had a misdemeanor criminal case in Pennsylvania 15 years ago so I left Pennsylvania but as I got older I decided to get this behind me . I hired Paul and he told me how it would be when I came to court and it was exactly as he said, long story short I came back to Pennsylvania and everything was settled in court the same day and I was able to go back home that afternoon. My final words on this attorney he is a real straight shooter and he gets two thumbs up from me.
Last year I made a stupid mistake and got into serious trouble. My father contracted Mr. Parlow’s services. Suffice it to say I was seriously impressed by Mr. Parlow’s litigation skills. I had seen plenty of public defenders and other private attorneys while I awaited my chance before a judge, and none of them (with all due respect) could hold a candle to him. In closing, I will suffice it to say that if you need true and professional legal defense, and your very freedom and way of life hangs in the balance; Michael Parlow is the man you want in your corner when the odds seem daunting.