Former Carolina Panthers Player Arrested for Possession of Cocaine

Free-agent Greg Hardy, who most recently played for the Dallas Cowboys was arrested in Dallas on Monday for felony possession of cocaine.  According to the police, Hardy’s vehicle was searched after he was stopped for a traffic violation.  Prior to his stint with the Cowboys, Hardy played five years for the Carolina Panthers.

Hardy was charged in Texas, and therefore, he faces a maximum sentence of 2 years.  If he had been charged in North Carolina, felony possession of cocaine is a Class I felony, with a minimum sentencing range of probation up to a maximum active sentence of 15 months.  In North Carolina, defendants who are convicted of a felony are sentenced according to structured sentencing, whereby judges are able to sentence defendants within certain limits, and a defendant’s sentence is dependent upon the defendant’s prior criminal record as well as the type of felony.

If you are charged with felony possession of cocaine or some other North Carolina crime, you need an experienced North Carolina criminal law attorney.  Depending on your prior record and the facts and circumstances of your case, you have a lot of options with respect to how your case is resolved.  Please call us today for a free consultation at (336) 725-6559 in our office which is located in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  In addition to Forsyth County, we also handle cases in the counties of Davidson, Davie, Guilford, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin.

 

NFL Player Sued by Police Officers

On February 7, 2016, Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy was arrested for his alleged involvement in fight at a bar in Philadelphia along with three of his friends.  However, neither McCoy nor any of his friends were charged with assault because the prosecutors were ultimately unable to determine who initiated the fight. Two off-duty police officers were injured during the fight, and they are now suing McCoy for his alleged involvement as well as the bar.  While McCoy is being sued for allegedly causing “serious and permanent injuries”, the bar is being sued for not providing adequate security as well as continuing to serve McCoy and his friends alcohol after they were already intoxicated.

Although this incident involved an alleged fight at a bar in Pennsylvania, many states have “dram shop” laws which impose liability on the owners of bars and people who serve alcoholic drinks.  This liability arises when someone is injured as a result of an accident caused by an intoxicated person, and the bar owner, bartender, or server continue providing alcohol to the intoxicated person.   The most common example occurs when someone becomes intoxicated at a bar and then causes a car accident, which leads to personal injury or wrongful death.

If you are injured as the result of someone else’s negligent, and you need an experienced personal injury attorney in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina or one of our surrounding counties, please call The Law Offices of Frederick B. Adams, P.C.  today for a free consultation.  In addition to personal injury cases in North Carolina, we also handle Driving While Impaired, traffic/speeding tickets, criminal offenses, and wrongful death cases.  Call us today at (336) 725-6559 for a free consultation.