On a recent Thursday, the Texas A&M football team became short one player, defensive lineman, McKinnley Jackson. Jackson was suspended from the team after being taken into police custody. Following his arrest, multiple drug charges were filed against 6’2”, 325-lb sophomore.
The alleged drug offense took place in April
Police say that an investigation has led them to believe that Jackson committed numerous drug crimes several months ago. He is facing charges for a misdemeanor marijuana offense as well as possession of a controlled substance, which is a second-degree felony. In Texas, a person facing a similar drug charge could face up to 20 years in prison under conviction. The charge also carries a penalty of up to $10,000 in fines.
Jackson was released from jail on bond
At this time, Jackson is no longer behind bars. He reportedly paid a $20,000 bond to gain a release. Cases like this often take weeks, even months, to be fully adjudicated. No information was provided as to how long Jackson’s suspension from the Texas A&M team might last or if there is even a chance for him to restore his position on the team.
A person facing drug charges is guaranteed an opportunity to present a defense
A person does not have to be a famous college football start to be granted an opportunity to refute drug charges in court. Every person charged with a drug crime is guaranteed an opportunity to present a defense. A strong defense is often the key to mitigating such circumstances; in fact, in some cases, the court does not hand down a conviction due to lack of evidence or some other issue a defendant brings to the court’s attention. It is helpful to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney before heading to court.