On Tuesday, May 19, police in Georgia took Montravius Adams, a defensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers, into custody. The crimes for which he stands accused include possession of marijuana, expired vehicle registration and driving without insurance. After arresting him, authorities transferred the NFL player to the Houston County Detention Center where he stayed for a short time before being released on bond.
The arrest of this Georgia native has the ability to negatively impact his life in several ways. This would be true even if he were without his professional athlete status. Thankfully, he does have the right to defend himself, and that is something he does not have to do alone.
According to reports, police pulled Adams over late in the evening when they tagged him for driving with expired plates. The officer who initiated the traffic stop claimed to have smelled marijuana in the vehicle, which prompted a search of the car. During the search, officers found less than one ounce of marijuana and promptly arrested Adams.
According to current state laws, possession of this amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor offense that carries a punishment of jail time or a fine. Of course, alternative sentencing programs may be available, such as drug treatment or community service. The insurance and vehicle registration infractions are also misdemeanors, typically punishable with fines.
For Adams, as for any other Georgia resident accused of misdemeanor drug possession, the professional cost can also be high. In this particular case, a conviction may prevent the accused from returning to the Packers for his fourth season. It may also hurt his future job prospects.
There are several defense options available for individuals arrested in Georgia on drug charges. Some include:
- Lack of probable cause
- Mistake of fact
- Unlawful search and seizure
After carefully reviewing the case and questioning the evidence, legal counsel will be able to identify the defense strategy with the most promise.
Seek the best possible outcome
Accusations of drug crimes are just that, accusations. An arrest does not mean a guaranteed conviction. With the right help, Adams, or other individuals who find themselves in the same position, can seek the best outcome possible. Whether that be a case dismissal, charge reduction or alternative sentencing.