On Oct. 10, a former Virginia Tech basketball player was cleared of a drug charge that was leveled against him in March. He is now playing for Texas Tech.
According to media reports, the 23-year-old defendant and his roommate, who was also a Virginia Tech player, were charged with drug possession after marijuana was found in their apartment on March 20. However, the defendant’s attorney successfully contested the charge, claiming that police did not prove the drugs belonged to his client. As a result, the case was thrown out of court.
The defendant, who is a former resident of Blacksburg, was not present in court when the charges were dropped. He was already suspended from the Virginia Tech basketball team for undisclosed reasons at the time of his arrest. His roommate was nearly suspended from the team over the marijuana charge, but he was allowed to play in the NCAA tournament after passing a drug test. He has since graduated, but he is still facing two drug charges in Montgomery County, including a felony count from a separate incident in April.
Individuals convicted of marijuana possession or other drug charges can face harsh consequences, including jail time and heavy fines. In some circumstances, they can even be denied education and employment opportunities. However, not all drug cases are airtight. In certain situations, a criminal defense attorney may cast doubt on the prosecution’s evidence, which might cause the charges to be dropped.
Even if the evidence appears solid, legal counsel may still be able to negotiate a plea deal that allows the defendant to plead guilty to reduced charges. This strategy may help a defendant obtain a lighter sentence, such as attending a drug diversion program or completing community service.