Five Notre Dame football players were arrested Friday night after police stopped them for speeding and reported finding a handgun and marijuana in the car.
A senior safety, a redshirt freshman cornerback, a freshman wide receiver, a sophomore running back and a sophomore linebacker were each charged with possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. Three of the five were also charged with possession of a handgun without a license, also a misdemeanor.
An Indiana State Police trooper stopped the five players in Fulton County for driving 73 mph in a 60 mph zone, according to an ISP news release. The officer reported smelling marijuana coming from the car, and a police dog indicated that there were drugs in the vehicle. Officers found a handgun and marijuana after searching the car, according to the report.
The Notre Dame vice president for public affairs and communications said in a statement that the university will determine if additional sanctions are needed.
If you have been charged with possession of marijuana, you need the legal advice of a criminal defense attorney. While you may be tempted to go with the free services of the public defender’s office, keep in mind that they will have dozens of other cases and will not have the time to devote to you and a successful outcome for your legal troubles. In fact, the public defender will most likely encourage you to accept a plea bargain, even though you may have a good chance of avoiding a conviction.