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Actress sentenced to probation for drug possession

A 24-year-old actress was sentenced to probation in June in a Texas court after she was convicted on a cocaine possession charge. Her three year deferred adjudication probation means that the final conviction on her record will be wiped if she successfully completes her probation.

The actress was taken into custody on May 21, 2016, after she became involved in a car accident. The crash took place on Interstate 35 at about 4 p.m. According to the arresting officer, the actress could not remember what lane she was driving in. She told the officer that she was taking depression medication. During a search of the vehicle, several small loose pills were found as well as a baggie that was later determined to be cocaine.

The consequences a person may experience if he or she is facing drug charges can depend on the amount and type of drug a person is found to be in possession of. For example, if the amount is small and a person has no previous drug-related conviction on his or her record, the consequences may be less severe than is the case with someone who has a more extensive criminal history.

A criminal law attorney may look over the case before mounting an aggressive defense that could potentially reduce the charges or cause the case to be dismissed altogether. In some cases, the attorney may negotiate a plea deal that could keep the accused person's record clean if he or she agrees to go through drug counseling and probation.

Source KBTX-TV, "Actress sentenced in Waco for possession of cocaine", Paul Gately, June 23, 2017

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