Christopher Alarcon, the Placerville man accused of crimes related to receiving stolen goods and driving without a valid registration, pleaded no contest to nine of the charges Monday afternoon.
After Alarcon’s attorney, Robert Banning, and prosecutor Vicki Ashworth spent about five minutes at the bench with El Dorado Superior Court Judge Douglas C. Phimister, the judge announced that it was his understanding that Alarcon would be pleading.
Phimister then broke down the charges, which consisted of three incidents lodged in a single complaint to the court. He noted that Alarcon would face a total of $6,516 in fines and four years of summary probation. Also included was unlimited search and seizure terms, meaning Alarcon, his property, residence and vehicle could be searched any time for anything illegal, with or without a warrant.
The judge then went down the nine charges, including receiving stolen goods — a vehicle registration tag, driving on a suspended or revoked license, displaying false registration on a vehicle, driving without insurance and not having current registration. For every one, Alarcon replied, “No contest.” Five additional charges were dropped, and the receiving stolen goods charges was dropped from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Phimister then sentenced Alarcon to four years summary probation, to pay the fines in sequence for the three different incidents as otherwise the court’s computer “would go crazy,” and to obey the search and seizure terms applied to all three cases. Phimister then said the case was closed and the hearing was over.