Texas appears to be in D’Onta Foreman's blood. He starred in high school in Texas City, became one of the nation's premier running backs at the University of Texas and was drafted in the third round by the NFL's Houston Texans.
Foreman was recently arrested here in Texas, charged with possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of a weapon. The former Longhorns star was taken into custody by UT Austin police at about 3 in the morning this past Sunday as he sat in a vehicle on campus, news reports said.
The Austin American-Statesman reported that law enforcement officials said in a statement that campus police "responded to a report of the smell of marijuana coming from three occupied vehicles." Officers said they found marijuana in all of the vehicles and a gun in one.
“The owner of the firearm, D’Onta Foreman, was arrested for Unlawful Carrying of Weapons and Possession of Marijuana," according to the statement.
The running back's Austin attorney said in his own statement that Foreman did not smoke pot and said the Houston player "will submit to a urinalysis to confirm he has not used marijuana."
The lawyer said a passenger in the car, not Foreman, was in possession of the weed.
He also said Foreman's weapon was properly and legally secured and that the football star told police about the gun before the vehicle was searched.
He added that he and Foreman "are confident this matter will be resolved justly."
While there are potential criminal penalties involved in marijuana and firearms arrests, there are also other factors to consider, including possible difficulties with employment (with your present employer and prospective future employers), housing and other matters.
Contact an Edinburg criminal defense attorney to discuss ways to minimize the impact of a drug arrest on your life.