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Drug possession may send celebrity son to jail

In considering a drug possession sentence, a California judge reviews all of the facts and circumstances. Many issues have to be considered, such as the type of drug used and whether it was a first offense.

These and other factors are considered in attempting to arrive at a fair sentence. One tool that judges have at their disposal is the imposition of probation, designed to supervise a convicted individual over a stated period of time. At times, a sentence of probation is imposed together with a period of detention in a drug treatment facility.

Redmond O'Neal, the son of Ryan O'Neal and the late Farrah Fawcett, has endured his share of troubles with drug addiction. In early August, Santa Monica police found heroin in his car when he was stopped for running a red light. On Aug. 24 he pleaded guilty to heroin and firearms possession and received a three-year state prison term. However, the sentence was suspended upon the imposition of five years of probation and confinement to a drug treatment facility for one year.

But now authorities say, while in the facility, Redmond called someone from a pay phone and arranged for a delivery of methamphetamine to be made at the facility. He was cited for a probation violation and allegedly admitted to the judge he had used meth at the live-in drug facility. The case has been adjourned to Oct. 7, when he will be sentenced for the probation violation. That sentence could include time in state prison to serve the originally suspended three-year term.

While Redmond O'Neal must first focus on his upcoming sentencing occasioned by his probation violation, it appears the judge's decision to place him in a treatment facility was well grounded. For those individuals facing drug charges, a California attorney devoted to helping people confront the allegations against them may assist in preparing a meaningful defense aimed at achieving optimal results.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Redmond O'Neal in custody, faces prison after using meth in rehab," Sept. 15, 2011

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