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Comedian avoids jail in sentencing for drug charges

When placed under arrest for drug offenses in Washington, it is useful to understand what potential defense options are available. Charges associated with possession of drugs or related paraphernalia can be worrisome and lead to substantial consequences. However, as is the case with comedian Artie Lange, stories in the news about prominent people facing drug charges can provide a guideline of what might be possible in a plea bargain and sentencing.

Lange, a radio host and actor as well as a comedian, will be on probation for four years and perform 50 hours of community service as part of his recent sentence for possession of heroin in New Jersey. He will also be treated on an outpatient basis. His May 2017 arrest stemmed from a traffic stop after he was driving his vehicle in an erratic manner.

During the stop, officers found heroin in his possession. He then faced several charges related to the narcotic and possession of drug paraphernalia. In December 2017, Lange issued a guilty plea for having 81 decks of heroin. Although he also had cocaine, a dismissal of that charge was granted when he pleaded guilty.

When there is a drug arrest, it is important to remember the importance of lodging a strong defense. This is true whether the charges are for possession, selling drugs, drug manufacturing or intent to distribute. Penalties for a conviction can have extensive ramifications. However, it may be possible to avoid the worst-case scenario with a plea bargain. Contacting a legal professional experienced in helping clients who are facing drug charges is often essential.

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