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Central Michigan football players face charges for drug crimes and theft

Last week, we wrote about a Michigan State University basketball player who faced misdemeanor drug charges after a traffic stop earlier this month. Now it appears three more Michigan athletes are in trouble with the law for alleged drug crimes and theft.

Three Central Michigan football players have been kicked off the team for violating rules for good conduct. Two players were charged with illegal possession after they were allegedly found with hallucinogenic mushrooms and for operating what police claim is a drug house out of their dorm room. A third player was charged with stealing a phone from a car.

A person who has been charged with drug crimes could face harsh penalties. They may face time behind bars, heavy fines and probation. In addition, they may lose their driver's license for a period of time. They may also need to complete community service and a drug and alcohol treatment program.

To mitigate any potential consequences, an individual facing drug charges would be wise to begin working with a criminal defense attorney as early on in the process as possible. An attorney can investigate the evidence in a case and work vigorously to defend an individual against the charges.

Someone who has been charged with a drug crime, especially a college student, may feel that the odds are stacked against them. However, they must remember that everyone who is charged with a crime has rights. They are entitled to a strong defense and a fair trial. Most importantly, they remain innocent unless they are proven guilty.

Source: Detroit Free Press, "3 Central Michigan football players kicked off team for drugs, theft," Associated Press, April 18, 2012

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