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Mother and son dispute leads to arrest and drug charges

Intrafamily disputes can lead to many different kinds of criminal behavior. In a recent case in Lackawanna County, a mother's attempt to stop her son from using drugs, mostly marijuana, led to a minor collision and left the son facing a number of criminal charges.

The man was driving his mother through Taylor as they argued about his continuing drug use. As the argument grew more heated, the mother grabbed the steering wheel and pulled it sharply to the right. The two struggled for a moment before the SUV veered off the road and hit mailboxes, traffic signs and a utility pole. The son then fled the scene on foot, dashing behind a nearby building. He then walked back to the scene just as police arrived. The police immediately checked the spot to which the driver had fled, and they found 81 grams of marijuana. The driver admitted to attempting to hide the marijuana because he did not want it to be found in his possession. The driver also consented to a blood test.

The suspect was arraigned and charged with 33 misdemeanor drug counts, driving under the influence of a controlled substance and three driving violations. He was jailed subject to posting a bond of $20,000. A preliminary hearing is set for December 3, 2015.

The evidence against the son in this case may appear overwhelming, but he is still entitled to be presumed innocent until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Anyone charged with a crime might want to consult an experienced criminal attorney before entering a plea. A knowledgeable defense lawyer can provide a helpful evaluation of the facts of the case and applicable laws, suggest possible defense strategies and an estimate of the chances of obtaining a favorable plea agreement or an outright acquittal.

Source: Scranton Times-Tribune, "Police: After crash in Taylor, man stashed marijuana," Joseph Kohut, Nov. 23, 2015

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