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2 Georgia men arrested on various charges

An investigation by police at the University of Georgia has resulted in the arrest of an assistant men's tennis coach and the son of the team's head coach. Campus police began the investigation in May after the head coach notified them of the possible theft or mishandling of prescription drugs managed by the athletics department. The missing drugs had a value of up to $1,500.

At the start of the investigation, the university suspended the assistant coach, who has since turned himself over to law enforcement. The police report about his arrest listed the charges of felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor theft. Authorities were holding him at Clarke County Jail.

As for the head coach's son, he has been charged with selling controlled substances. The university has also suspended an assistant coach for the women's tennis team, but no charges have yet been filed.

A person caught up in drug investigation could talk to an attorney about the charges that are pending and the possible criminal penalties. An analysis of the evidence could give the attorney insights about how to prepare a defense. If the evidence does not appear very strong, the attorney might seek a reduction or dismissal of the charges. The option of negotiating a plea bargain with a prosecutor might also present itself. An attorney could pursue a lenient sentence in exchange for a fast resolution of the case. Should the person choose to fight the charges at a trial, an attorney could work toward building a sympathetic jury and casting doubt on the validity of evidence.

Source: USA Today, "Felony charge filed against Georgia assistant tennis coach", Kevin Spain, July 11, 2017

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