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Maryland campus queen facing drug offenses, other charges

Maryland campus queen facing drug offenses, other charges

A Maryland campus queen is facing several criminal charges, including disruptive behavior and possession of marijuana. The woman, who had been named Miss University of Maryland Eastern Shore, was accused of the drug offenses three days after an arrest for striking an officer. Officers found that the woman had marijuana on her person when she entered a courthouse in Princess Anne.

Official reports show that the woman was charged with disruptive conduct after an encounter with an officer at a homecoming week dance. The woman was advised to leave a crowded hallway. Several students were crowding the hallway, which could have caused a safety concern. Instead of vacating the premises, she shoved her elbow into the officer’s chest. She was then arrested after yelling at the officer and attempting to run away. The female officer had placed her hands on the woman’s shoulder in an attempt to escort her from the campus building.

The drug offenses surfaced after the woman was found with marijuana while entering a courthouse for a hearing in the disorderly conduct matter. She could spend up to two months in jail and pay hundreds in court fines in connection with the disorderly conduct allegations. Her bond in that case was set at $3,000. News reports show that the woman was also charged with possession of a controlled and dangerous substance; news reports have not explained the potential punishment for the new charge.

Even campus royalty can face serious criminal allegations. Any Maryland student who is facing drug possession charges may benefit from the assistance of a criminal defense attorney. These professionals may help defendants learn more about their legal rights and options.

Source: The News Journal, “Campus queen gives up crown after arrest” Deborah Gates, Feb. 28, 2014

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