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.
Marijuana charges should be taken seriously. While receiving jail time and a fine is no joke, the long-term consequences of having a permanent strike on your criminal record could be the hardest thing to deal with. Years from now, your marijuana charge could be the reason you are not selected for a job, why you cannot own a firearm and why you are denied for a loan. Our Florida Drug Crimes Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you with the charges you are facing.
We will make sure that your rights are respected and that you get a fair trial. If there are any issues with the prosecution’s case, we will make those known, with the hopes of getting you off the hook. For a free consultation, please call us today at 866-608-5529 or contact us online.