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Man charged with drug offenses after shooting himself

Man charged with drug offenses after shooting himself

It was reported on Sept. 5 that a New Jersey man who was charged with shooting himself in the leg was also facing drug charges. The man reportedly shot himself near Clinton Avenue and Sackett Street on Aug. 18 before being dropped off at a nearby hospital. Authorities were alerted to the situation and drug charges were filed.

The man, age 18, was on probation when the Aug. 21 incident occurred. He had been convicted for drug possession and was sentenced to two years of probation in early 2015. He was then taken into custody on July 30 and charged with a number of drug offenses related to heroin and cocaine and for employing an underage individual in the commission of a crime.

He reportedly told the authorities that he had shot his own leg. When asked to describe the weapon, he only stated that it was a large revolver that went off. He was charged with multiple weapons offenses including possession of a weapon by a felon and unlawful possession of a weapon. His bail was set at $100,000.

If a person is facing a drug crime conviction, there is the potential of a prison sentence or probation. The consequences can be even more serious if the person has a criminal record. Depending on the circumstances of the case, a criminal law attorney may provide a defense strategy by arguing that there is not enough evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Otherwise, a plea deal may be negotiated that allows the defendant to get help for a drug addiction.

Source: NJ.com, "Jersey City man who shot his own leg faces drug possession charges", Michaelangelo Conte, Sept. 5, 2015

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