A well-known attorney in Alabama has been arrested for operating under the influence of marijuana as well as for drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. At the very least, his professional reputation is likely to take a blow after the incident, as his initial defense holds little legal water.
Roy Moore's Lawyer Arrested for OUI and Drug Charges
Trenton Garmon is an attorney in Alabama who is most famous for representing Roy Moore during his unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate. Mr. Garmon was responsible for filing cease-and-desist letters to numerous news outlets to prevent stories of Mr. Moore's history of having sexual contact with young girls from getting out.
On June 5, 2019, Mr. Garmon was arrested in Gadsden, Alabama. He was charged with OUI, possession of marijuana in the second degree, and possession of drug paraphernalia, and held on $3,000 bond.
In a statement, Mr. Garmon claims that the arrest was all a misunderstanding, that the marijuana was medicinal, and that the arrest was retaliation for Mr. Garmon's representation of a criminal defendant in the area.
Marijuana OUIs and Medicinal Marijuana
Medicinal marijuana holders in Maine know that one of the most important things to remember about being licensed to have and use medical marijuana is that smoking and driving can still lead to an OUI. Police officers can pull people over and arrest them for OUI if they believe the driver is too impaired to drive. In marijuana OUI cases, that the marijuana was used for medical purposes is irrelevant.
Crossing State Lines with Medicinal Marijuana
The other important thing that Maine medical marijuana users know about their rights is that other states do not necessarily recognize them. Unsurprisingly, Alabama is one of those states that refuse to recognize the legal possession of marijuana, medical or otherwise.
Nevertheless, Mr. Garmon's statement included a claim that he receives legally obtained marijuana in Florida and that this allowed him to have it in Alabama.
Professional Repercussions of a Marijuana OUI
As a result, Mr. Garmon's claim that the marijuana was medicinal and that this excused the OUI and drug possession charges is unlikely to be an effective defense in Alabama. This is an unfortunate outcome, especially considering the fact that Alabama's penalties for drug charges like these are among the highest in the country.
If Mr. Garmon ends up being convicted on all charges, the professional repercussions should not be downplayed. In such a conservative and anti-drug part of the country, the criminal charge, alone, could seriously hurt Mr. Garmon's legal business. It could also lead to disciplinary action from the Alabama Bar Association that would be unduly harsh in other parts of the country.
OUI Defense in Maine at WTB Law
Protecting your professional future is one of the biggest goals of an OUI defense lawyer, especially if your business relies on your reputation in your community. The defense attorneys at WTB Law know this and strive to protect you from the hidden consequences of a conviction by providing discreet and effective legal defense against the allegations you're facing.
Contact us online or call our law office at (207) 571-8146.