Florida State star cornerback Greg Reid was arrested in Georgia Tuesday on charges of driving with a suspended license and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
After being stopped for window tint that was too dark, Georgia state troopers searched the vehicle and found what is thought to be a marijuana joint in a cup holder. Reid was arrested and taken to the Lowndes County Jail where he was processed and ultimately released on bond. This marks the second time in two years Reid has been arrested, having been arrested in 2011 in Tallahassee on obstruction charges that were dropped just days later.
Despite Reid's "lapse in maturity," it appears he will luckily only be charged with two misdemeanors, should the prosecutor's office elect to file on both criminal charges.
For purposes of this blog we will analyze this set of circumstances as if it were Florida law. To begin, assuming this is Reid's first driving with a suspended license charge, Reid would face up to 60 days in county jail and up to a $500 fine. Realistically, if he's able to obtain a valid driver's license most counties will offer a marginal fine and withhold adjudication, thereby avoiding a formal adjudication of guilt on his record. Collaterally, in Florida if one gets three driving with a suspended license criminal charges or three adjudications of guilt on the civil infraction version of driving with a suspended license (officer believes driver has no knowledge of the suspension) within five years of each other, the Florida driver will lose his unrestricted driving privilege for five years.
With respect to the misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge, were Reid to be charged in Florida he would be facing a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 11 months, 29 days in jail in addition to a $1,000 fine. Collaterally, should one charged with possession of marijuana be formally adjudicated guilty they would face a two year restriction of their unrestricted driving privilege and would not be eligible for a restricted driver's license for one year.
With either of the two charges Reid faces it is likely the collateral consequence of driver's license suspension that are most detrimental. Fortunately, there are often measures that can be taken to avoid or reverse a habitual traffic offender status or a marijuana suspension.
Jason Mayberry is an attorney located in Clearwater, Florida and practices throughout the Tampa Bay area. Our practice focuses on Federal and State criminal defense, personal injury and medical malpractice, and family law. Thank you for reading our blog and if you have questions or are in need of an attorney, please do not hesitate to call us at 727-771-3847 or visit us on the web at www.pinellas-dui-attorney.com.