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Disney TV star facing felony drug charges

Media reports indicate that an altercation in a California police station parking lot led to possible felony charges against a star of the hit teen show 'That's So Raven." The incident took place in Los Angeles County Jan. 17, and the celebrity taken into custody was actor Orlando Brown. According to the reports, police were alerted when a bystander called after allegedly seeing Brown pull into a Torrance police station parking lot and strike his female passenger.

Once officers ordered Brown to vacate his vehicle, a search conducted that led to the discovery of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. In addition to the assault charge for allegedly striking his girlfriend, Brown was charged with drug possession and obstructing an officer. Officers say that the discovery of the methamphetamine on jail property led to the drug charge being upgraded to a felony.

Brown has been actively professing his innocence on social media, and he claims that prosecutors are deliberately stalling because the evidence in the case is weak. The incident was not Brown's first brush with the law. The 28-year-old actor was charged with drug possession in 2007, and he was detained on suspicion of driving under the influence in 2011 and 2013.

Those facing criminal charges sometimes want to take to social media to discuss their cases and deny any wrongdoing, but this kind of behavior can make matter difficult for their defense attorneys. Most criminal cases are settled by plea agreements, and prosecutors may be less flexible and less willing to listen when their cases and job performance are being discussed online. These matters may be decided confidentially by a defendant and his or her criminal defense attorney.

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