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Young man who called 911 for Prince may face charges

A consultant for his dad's California addiction clinic, the young man who called and reported Prince's apparent death to authorities may now be in hot water in Minnesota. He was sent to Prince's Minnesota home with suboxone, which is used to help ease the pain associated with withdrawal from opiates.

Suboxone is a controlled substance in Minnesota. When the young man arrived, he found Prince and promptly called 911 for help. Law enforcement authorities took possession of the suboxone that he had with him. His father's clinic had reportedly been retained to help treat Prince for addiction issues on an emergency basis, and it had sent the young man to provide help.

The young man is currently a premed student. If he is charged and convicted, he could be sentenced to up to five years in prison and be assessed a fine of $10,000 for possessing the drug without a prescription. He could also be federally charged for bringing the drug across state lines. His lawyer is arguing he should not be charged because he was acting as a good Samaritan. There is no word whether or not authorities plan to proceed with a criminal case against him.

If he is charged with possessing a prescription medication that is controlled without having a prescription, if a conviction is obtained he could face not only the resulting criminal penalties but also the collateral consequence of potentially being unable to obtain his medical license. This seems unduly harsh. When people are facing similar charges, they may want to get help from criminal defense attorneys who are experienced in handling these types of cases so that a strategy can be constructed to combat the allegations.

Source: The Root, "Man who found Prince could face charges: Report," Angela Helm, May 7, 2016.

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