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Chuck Lanehart Negotiates Pretrial Diversion for Possession of Controlled Substance

Chuck Lanehart obtained a pretrial diversion for his client, a 24-year-old college student majoring in history education. He is accused in a rural Texas county of possession of a controlled substance, THC, between 4-400 grams, a second-degree felony and possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor.

Chuck presented a strong mitigation case to the prosecution, including the client’s mental health history, verification of the client’s completion of intensive outpatient treatment for substance abuse, numerous character reference letters, family photos and an impressive school and work resume. In addition, the client had recently taken time off from school to attend to the needs of his mother, who had undergone major surgery.

The student was facing the possibility of a 20 year prison sentence, a $10,000 fine, and a felony conviction which would remain on his record for life. Instead, he will be required to serve a one year pretrial diversion. At the completion of the pretrial diversion, the cases will be rejected and the client will be eligible for an expunction.

The client will be able to fulfill his dream to teach history.

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