Local Henry County Family Demanding Internal Investigation After Teenager's Arrest

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jun 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

According to the most recent reports out of Henry County, a teenager's family is asking for an independent investigation into a local police officer's actions.

The teenage boy, Jaylin Hughes, was arrested for obstruction and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. However, during his arrest, Hughes attempted to make a run for it. The police officer in question deployed his taser and attempted to tackle him off of a nearby fence. Hughes is now healing from several neck fractures as well as a severe spinal cord injury.

The second half of this arrest incident is now under investigation by internal affairs.

“Jaylin is afraid of police. He didn't want to have any problems,” said Hughes' uncle, Sidney Hughes. "I'm having problems trying to understand how a minor incident leaves a kid paralyzed.”

As of right now, no charges against the police officer have been filed, and the officer remains on active duty.

As a Henry County DUI Attorney, I will outline the offense of marijuana possession in this county as it is frequently seen alongside traffic violations such as DUI in Henry County.

Possession of Marijuana in Henry County

Possession of Marijuana in Henry County is defined by the Georgia Code in O.C.G.A. §16-13-30 as:

It is unlawful for any person to possess, have under his or her control, manufacture, deliver, distribute, dispense, administer, purchase, sell, or possess with intent to distribute marijuana.

The penalty for being convicted of possessing less than one ounce of marijuana is up to $1,000 in fines and/or a prison term of up to one year. The crime will also be classified as a misdemeanor.

However, the penalty for being convicted of possessing greater than one ounce of marijuana will be classified as a felony, and the consequences will include fines and possible confinement between one and ten years in prison.

Practice Note

If you or a loved one is facing charges relating to DUI and Drugs in Henry County, contact our offices today. A Henry County DUI Lawyer will be able to help you with your case now. We specialize in all crimes related to DUI - from resisting arrest to drug possession. Call now.

About the Author

Richard Lawson

Richard Lawson is a former DUI prosecutor who has dedicated more than 20 years of his career to defending those accused of DUI. He has successfully resolved hundreds of DUI charges with dismissals, reductions to reckless driving, or other lesser offenses.


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