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Court date approaches for man accused of violating law

Currently incarcerated in another state, a 20-year-old man will soon be returned to Georgia where he will face allegations of marijuana possession. In addition to supposedly violating state drug law, police also claim that he was in possession of tools specifically used for burglary. However, it is unclear whether he will return in time to make his next court date.

In July 2015, police arrested the man on possession of tools for burglary as well as marijuana possession. Shortly afterward, he was sent back to another state where he already had outstanding warrants for three different charges. Those out-of-state felonies were related to an incident where he was accused of being a getaway driver for a robbery, an act that he claimed did not actually involve taking part in the robbery, but only involved providing his cousins with transportation.

He chose to negotiate and enter into a plea deal with the prosecution, after which he was sentenced to six months behind bars. However, he says that the six months behind bars was not in any way a part of the agreement. With his current sentence, making his first court date in Georgia might be impossible.

It is unclear exactly what effect missing his court date might have on his current charges, although it is possible to have court dates changed under various extenuating circumstances. Should the date be changed or delayed in his favor, it is important that he still be presumed innocent on all of his Georgia state charges. While allegations of violating state drug law are quite serious, convictions or plea deals from previous charges should have no bearing on a defendant's current criminal court proceedings.

Source:, "Rodriguez: Six months here, then Georgia felony charges", Don Reid, Dec. 16, 2015

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