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Former football player facing drug charges, gun charges

Charges have been filed against a former football player in Florida. The man was arrested on a recent Thursday on both felony drug and gun charges. People facing drug charges and other criminal charges in Florid are presumed innocent until and unless proved guilty in the criminal justice system.

Authorities said they stopped the man one day when his vehicle did not come to a stop at a stop sign. The vehicle was also reportedly going back and forth on the grass and pavement while heading north along Interstate 95. Police reported that they discovered cocaine and marijuana inside the car along with a handgun that was loaded and placed below the driver's seat.

The man who was driving the car used to play as a wide receiver in high school and then in college, but he had been repeatedly arrested, which led the head coach at that time to remove him from the college team back in 2009. The man was arrested in 2006 for attempting to steal a DVD. He was also arrested in 2008 after officials said he was discovered to have marijuana and a gun, and he was later arrested in 2009 for reportedly committing a DUI offense. He went on to play football at the professional level for a brief time.

If appropriate to his circumstances, the man's defense counsel might explore the possibility of plea bargaining with the prosecution in Florida. A plea agreement might result in a lighter sentence for the defendant compared with what would usually be imposed after a guilty verdict at trial. People facing drug charges and/or gun charges have the right to go to trial to contest the charges if they feel this is ultimately in their best interests.

Source: local10.com, "Former FSU wide receiver Preston Parker arrested on drug, gun charges", Peter Burke, April 1, 2016

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