The troubled son of actor Ryan O’Neal and the late Farrah Fawcett has been arrested and charged with drug possession and gun possession crimes. Redmond O’Neal was pulled over by law enforcement after allegedly running a red light. During a search of the vehicle, the officer allegedly found heroin.
Redmond is now facing a felony heroin possession charge following the traffic stop. The 26-year-old has faced drug charges in the past. He has spent time in and out of jail and rehab since struggling with drug addictions and substance abuse since his teen years.
Redmond is also facing a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm because officers found a .9mm handgun in his apartment when they searched it following the drug arrest. Redmond pleaded not guilty to the charges on Thursday. He will next have a court date on August 24 because he is charged with violating the terms of his probation.
Redmond’s attorney is hopeful that his client will be able to receive further substance abuse treatment for his drug addiction, rather than having to return to prison. According to CBS News, he is “cautiously optimistic” that further rehabilitation could be an option available to his client.
Sometimes non-violent drug offenders can be sent to rehabilitation and probation with special conditions rather than given jail time, especially if drug courts are operated in their area that specialize in this kind of alternative sentencing. Redmond has a history of addiction. He could face up to four years in prison if he is convicted of the crimes and the judge opts to send him to jail for the maximum amount.
Source: CBS News, “Redmond O’Neal pleads not guilty to drug possession, gun charges,” Casey Glynn, Aug. 5, 2011