A Ventura attorney accused of possessing LSD was not the victim of an illegal search and seizure, a Ventura County judge ruled Monday.
Ventura police arrested attorney Douglas Andrew Palaschak at his office May 9 and charged him and a secretary, Jessica Jobin, with possession of LSD.
In a two-day hearing that concluded Monday, two police officers testified that they went to the office after another employee reported that Jobin, 18, and Palaschak, 42, had taken LSD. The informant said she feared that Jobin might be sexually assaulted, the officers said.
Palaschak's attorney, Steve Pell, argued that the informant, a juvenile with a theft conviction, was not a sufficiently reliable informant to justify a warrantless search. Once inside the office, Pell said, the officers saw that Jobin was safe and should have dropped their inquiry. Instead, the officers said they asked Jobin where the LSD was and she handed them her purse, which allegedly contained about 46 doses of the drug.