Maryland residents may be familiar with actress Rose McGowan over statements that she has made on social media. However, she was also in the news after being taken into custody on a drug charge. McGowan turned herself in and was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond according to authorities in Loudoun County, Virginia.
The charge stems from a warrant that was obtained by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department that was issued in February. It was reported that belongings the actress allegedly left on a United flight had tested positive for narcotics. McGowan suggested on Twitter that the warrant may have been issued as a means to keep her quiet regarding her advocacy for victims of sexual assault.
Those who are charged with drug possession or other drug crimes may face serious consequences. It is possible to have to pay a fine, be put on probation or spend time in jail. If convicted on felony charges, the penalties can be more severe. A drug charge may also tarnish a person's professional or social image. Therefore, it may be a good idea to talk to an attorney about ways to defend against the charge.
An attorney may be able to cast doubt about tests done to determine that a substance was any kind of controlled substance. It may also be possible to cast doubt as to whether clothing or other items containing drugs or drug residue belonged to the person charged. Witness testimony or information in a police report may also be questioned as part of a defense strategy. If successful, it may be possible to have a charge thrown out or to negotiate a plea that may reduce charges and eliminate some or all penalties a person may face.